New driver here

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by Spartan 363, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Spartan 363

    Spartan 363 New Member

    Hey guys and gals, I'm a new driver that started working for UPS back in early Oct. I work for center 2122 (Newington, VA). I must say, it's a lot of work, but I have grown used to it. I was sore for the first 2 weeks because I'm a bit overweight, but wow, I have gone down 2 pant sizes since then and I can keep on moving around after I finish my route. I used to deliver for Car Quest Auto Parts before so I knew what I was getting into when I first started.

    I'll be honest, it was overwhelming at first because my left knee would get sore half way through my day and I also have arthritis in my left ankle despite only being 27 years old from a car accident I had back in high school (not my fault though). There were times when I was going to throw in the towel, but my trainer kept on coaching and pushing me not to give up and I eventually got over the soreness and greatly improved my speed. My muscles around my ankle have strengthened and I don't feel the soreness until after the day when it cools down. I often hear other drivers asking me how I'm able to overcome this when they see me limping despite doing over 170 stops a day by myself and finishing by 19:30 including pick ups at 3 parcel stores and a UPS Store (well over 300+ packages).

    I'm working Thursday and Friday as all drivers have too that day and I hope to make reg temp after seasonal. My sup says I do a good job despite my medical flaws, I'm not using it as an excuse for pity, rather as motivation to overcome anything that comes my way in life. I hope to continue working for big brown as I can see making it into a career and also being beneficial for my health as I'm losing more weight and finally get back into shape. This peak was crazy indeed, since I was tasked with delivering to mostly businesses during the day and residential afterwards and finally doing the pick ups. For the last 2 weeks, after I finish my route, I usually ask my sup if any drivers need help and I usually do go out to get as much as 30 more stops and finish by 21:00 or meet up with other drivers to pick up their pick ups, especially Airs. I didn't have a helper with me though, after the first 2 weeks out on driver ride alongs and sup ride alonsg, I was given my own truck. The only minor complaint I have is that those passenger fold down seats are quite uncomfortable after 12+ hrs, lol. I'm happy to be in the drivers seat now.

    I look forward to asking you vets for advice and hope I make it to reg temp, I like doing this job despite being heavy.
  2. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Left knee hurts? Do you have one of the old package cars with manual transmission and a stiff clutch? Few of those still around now (mostly automatics now) but those were horrible on knees. Most also lacked power steering in the "good old days".
  3. Spartan 363

    Spartan 363 New Member

    Yes, at first I was driving the older 5 speed diesel package car but when they gave me another route, I still got an older diesel truck but was automatic. The clutch was a bit rough, at least it had power steering, lol. I wear a knee brace and that has helped me a lot so far.