From Preloader to Driver.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Preloadblues, May 17, 2019.

  1. Preloadblues

    Preloadblues New Member

    I've been a Upser for almost 2 years now, it's by far the best job I've ever had. Physically demanding though it may be, It's a great gig for any one who can get used to the speed and moderately heavy lifting. I want to become a ground driver, I was driver-helper for peak season and I believe it's some thing I can do. The main reason I'm hesitant to apply to be a driver is because I have zero experience with the brown box trucks. Does U.p.s. take the time to train people to drive these large vehicles? What are some of the most important steps to take to ensure that I pass the road test? If there is already a thread for these sort of questions than I apologize.
  2. BiggieBrown

    BiggieBrown Active Member

    If you're that afraid just switch to twilight.
    You'll be a better at driving the trucks than the drivers.
    Half of our drivers can't even back the :censored2:ing things into the building straight.
  3. UnconTROLLed

    UnconTROLLed perfection

    amazingly you're the first one!
  4. UnconTROLLed

    UnconTROLLed perfection

    Tips for UPS driving
    Study the "smith system"
    Drive confidently but take no chances
    Don't hit anything
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Been here 2 years and you have no idea how the process of becoming a driver works?
  6. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Use earn and learn to take truck driving at local technical college. Then you will be ready for anything.
  7. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS


    Wow you really are horrible driver
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  8. PeakMode

    PeakMode Arrive Peak Leave

    If you are interested in training, then I would let a FT Sup, Center Manager, and/or HR know. Where I am at, they are literally begging folks to finish precourse work to attend Intergrad.
  9. turq

    turq Member

    I've heard of people coming in on a Saturday and practicing in the parking lot. But you will need to get permission and someone to come in and help you. You could also go rent a Budget/Ryder truck to practice on. Not exactly the same thing, but it will make you more comfortable driving a UPS truck.
  10. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    Can you drive an automatic?
  11. Pooter

    Pooter Active Member

    There’s only one way to gain that experience. Obviously, get behind the wheel.

    Sign up if possible for Saturday air or even Seasonal driving while u wait for your chance at FT driver.

    Don’t let the size intimidate you. Its easy to adjust
  12. eats packages

    eats packages Tetris Master

    10 points deducted, passed with flying colors, ready for downtown Portland.
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  13. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Sink or swim cupcake .
  14. buttflapp

    buttflapp New Member

    1. Go get your class E license
    2. Practice driving in the biggest truck you can.
    3. Ask your driver supervisor to schedule an on road test, if they still do that. This is basically just a test to see if you can handle a big vehicle. From my experience we just went a couple blocks through town and back to the building, and the pass or fail you by their opinion.
    4. Practice and memorize your fives and tens. Seriously, don't slack on this. It's all they care about. You can learn them as now and practice while driving your own vehicle.
    5. Go to integrad. This is a week long payed driver boot camp, or in my case I got lucky and didn't have to set foot in a vehicle the whole week. They just drilled you with your 5's and 10's
    6. ????? not much profit till you grind to top pay. ?????
    Biggest things is be confident, suck up to your on road sup, know your 5's and 10's and get comfortable with the vehicle.
  15. Arch

    Arch Member

    A vast majority of drivers had no experience driving those trucks and they drove them no problems.

    As long as you know how to drive and drive safely, everything becomes common sense. Don't over think it.
  16. Preloadblues

    Preloadblues New Member

    These bits of information are very helpful, I greatly appreciate the comments.
  17. DeliveryMachine

    DeliveryMachine Active Member

    When you become a UPS driver some people assume the hardest part of the job is handling that big truck. You will soon find out, that will be the least of your worries.