New Cover Driver and Peak, Bad Timing?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by JamminOn, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. JamminOn

    JamminOn New Member

    Hey guys I have an interesting situation I was hoping to find a concrete answer on. I recently got back from driving school and was told I was going right in to a cover position.

    Cover drivers in our facility have been working full time due to FT drivers retiring/going feeder or just a combination of sick and vaca. A buddy of mine went cover last year, a month before peak so he was able to get in his 30 day probation…

    I read that it would be cutting it close if I were to begin my cover driving next week as it would overlap into Peak and from what I heard, you can't qualify for a driving position during peak.

    Our facility has been hurting for drivers thus why they have all been working FT, so that had me excited but also concerned if I'm not going to be able to qualify and what would this mean for me after peak is over?

    Thanks for any and all info guys and gals!!
  2. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    You can qualify for FT driving during peak if you were hired as a FT driver and not seasonal.
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  3. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    It is called free time from Nov to Jan. But if they really need a driver. You can qualify during peak. Consider yourself lucky. Most have 10 yr wait.
  4. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    Any chance you get to go driving you take it. I started driving Sept 2013 & didn't make book until February 2014. Point is you'll be working a lot through peak regardless. As long as you work safe and show them you're a good worker you'll be ok
  5. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Not really interesting at all.
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  6. JamminOn

    JamminOn New Member

    Sweet thanks for the info fellas!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2015
  7. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    I mean, if you come in not knowing this kind of question is asked 1,000x every day of every year around this time.......could seem interesting. :-)
  8. JamminOn

    JamminOn New Member

    true and i tried to do my research on this topic by using the search and the FAQ I simply didn't see this situation pertaining to peak, but yes i can see how it can be a newbie type of Q
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  9. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut This Is The Last Stop

    Depends on your area but here if you bid into a p/t cover driving position your peak season days do count towards qualifying. It actually makes things a little easier because you won't be under a microscope.

    Either way, being the lowest seniority cover driver, after peak season is over you probably won't get much work for a few months. Save your peak season money, trust me on that one.
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  10. Grey

    Grey Active Member

    Training route with just 100 stops of resi during peak. Sounds pretty freaking awesome.