Learning stuff the hard way

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by wannabeups, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. wannabeups

    wannabeups Member

    I always seems to have to learn stuff the hard way.

    This week was on a sleeper team. It took me over 10 hours to travel 250 miles (average of less than 20 m.p.h.)

    About an hour into the trip I pulled into a rest area to clean off my windshield, it icing up big time. When I got into rest area. It got stuck trying to go up a little incline. I tried rocking it loose, but no luck. I then got out a set of chains but one on the outer rear drive axle on each side of tractor. Got myself up the hill and on level ground. I didnt have the chain secure on my right side so it came off as I was going up the hill. I walked back down the hill to retrieve it and noticed I had lost the bag the chains came in.

    Got myself, tractor and set of doubles back on freeway, traffic came to a stand still 3 times due to accidents. You are driving soo slow, your hands are becoming white and numb from squeezing on the steering wheel, you butt-hole is puckering up so tight you have a suction to the seat.

    Not only do you have all extra stress and safety hazards, but you are not making much money at all. Figure, you are on a team run going 20 m.p.h. you only get 10 of those miles since it is split. At top scale you are still make LESS THAN $7 per hour.

    I called and let my supervisor know that I lost the bag the chains came in. I had it sitting on running board of tractor near as I can figure the wind took it into woods. Thank goodness I ain't gonna have to pay for it. Said they can find something to put the chains in.

    After I have been through all this crap. I am told I could have pulled over to let the roads clear, went into delay and gotten paid my hourly rate which is ALOT MORE than I made for driving. Also found out I could have gotten a tow truck to pull me up the hill.

    At what age does a person quit learning stuff the hard way?
  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Forget it. One bad day.

    Now you know better for next time.
  3. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes life gives the test first and the lesson later.

    Know and think through all your options. When in doubt, do nothing.

    I understand your eagerness to do good but the complexion of any situation involving this company is compounded by the fickle nature of management.

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

  5. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    You went through a baptisim of sorts here. You are much smarter today then you were yesterday. While you have more to learn tommorrow this experience will stay etched in your mind forever.
  6. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Learning the hard way, Is there another way?
  7. upsdude

    upsdude Well-Known Member

    .............and you made it home, SAFE!