How Much Have Your Personal Driving Habits Have Changed As A UPS Driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mrbrownstone, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. mrbrownstone

    mrbrownstone Active Member

    I recently purchased as new car and became obsessed with getting my side mirrors set properly. Sadly at 33 years old and having owned several cars I finally realized that I never knew how to properly adjust the mirrors in my own vehicle. Why did I realize this?

    I use different package cars everday and sometimes switch between 2 and 3 different package cars in 1 day and understand how important proper mirror settings are in a big vehicle with no windows. This got me thinking about my own car and not really knowing the proper adjustments so I finally Googled it and I found several articles all mentioning the same method.

    Here is a link to one article and the method that seems universal throughout most articles.

    I like that article because the illustrations are pretty good.

    Anyway, getting into other habits, I now find myself allowing more following distance and am much much more keen on not stopping too closely behind another vehicle at an intersection. This has definitely saved me in a UPS truck when having to get around a vehicle. I almost freak out now when riding with my gf who insists on stopping 2 inches from the car ahead.

    Lastly, I have become more conscious of playing with my phone when stopped at an intersection in my personal car after numerous occasions being stuck behind people playing with their phones as I am sitting in my package car watching the light turn green and they just sit there. Obviously, I should not have been doing this even before driving for UPS.

    I can't say I follow all of the 5 and 10 perfectly in my own vehicle but my habits have definitely changed.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    I do agree with you (although I'm not quite as anal with mirrors).

    Just wait for Dave to chime in around 6am or so.
  3. scooby0048

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    I was an EVOC (emergency vehicle operation control) instructor when I was a cop. For some reason, I still drive like a cop. That package car handles nicely when I'm doin "J" turns out of a bad neighborhood.

    In my personal car, I think I must still drive like crap since people are always cussin at me or giving me dirty looks. Maybe I'm just paranoid...i don't know.
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Its funny how old habits stay with you. At our monthly gathering of retired hourly UPS'ers at Perkins you can tell whos a retired driver because they are the ones with their cars and trucks backed into the parking spaces. The 5 seeing habits are a good thing-----the rest of what they wanted you to memorize is BS.
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  5. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

  6. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Honestly... i use all the methods while driving my personal vehicle......sometimes a nuisance when I got a 40oz in my hand, but the methods do work!
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  7. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    And those darn things don't fit in the cup holder either.
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  8. Gumby

    Gumby *

    I just strap a keg,to the passanger seat. Put a wig on top of it.
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  9. Fo shizzle!

    Sent while chasing down unnecessary Dish Network call tags.
  10. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    A creative way to use the HOV lane.
  11. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    I do back into parking spots. I can't just pull in.
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I pull in if I'm shopping because I load stuff I buy into the back.
  13. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Dont say that,In front of Inde.
  14. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    CAM00023.jpgHe may be busy looking for his other must've fallen off when he crawled out from under the desk yesterday ;)
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  15. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers bra??
  16. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Did you put two little pieces of tape on your personal vehicle? At UPS we call two pieces of tape "Mirror Adjustment devices" LMAO.

    I've always been a good/safe but also aggressive driver. I still drive aggressively, but generally leave more space between myself and the knuckleheads in front of me.
  17. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Chevy Kega?
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  18. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Has to be better than the rust bucket,Vega I had.
  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    How many of you guys catch yourself honking the horn when backing up in your own vehicles? :bigsmile2:
  20. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    I've done it a few times.