Been with Brown for 7 years and I recently won a FT driving Utility bid. I have been waiting to gain enough PT seniority for quite awihle. A UPS driving gig is my goal. However I began to have serious reservations about taking the position, wondering if it would be best for my future to wait for a different bid... 1) I would have begun my route in the heart of peak (UGLY) - insane stop count, lots of snow and ice (Minnesota). 2) During peak the time for a learning curve (mistakes, refining skills) must be very small. 2) Talked to driver's and found out my route would be a horrible/impossible for a new guy during peak; 'thrown to the wolves' that kind of thing. 3) I found out that I sucked at backing during my road test. 4) And finally; I was passing the road test by the skin of my teeth. (Drove a manual for 12 years, but couldn't kick old driving habits at the drop of a dime). In the end; I passed up the position. (Did Not go to Driving School) Personally I felt that my skills were simply not ready to start in a Peak. After all, if your driving brown, it doesn't matter much unless you can pull it off for at least 1 year+. You got to make it stick! In a lot of ways I have been prepared in advance by 'helping' a driver friend for a few years i.e. DIAD operation Navigation Being able to find packages and sort out the stops, etc. Also, I move quick (Unloader 7+ years) Although, going out on my own; with problems such as smooth vehicle operations, especially with backing, during the HARDEST time of the year; I feel the odds were stacked against me. While in Peak, stop count is so high, can't afford many mistakes (i.e. learning curve); multiple missed turns, mis-delivers, getting to know businesses, pick-ups, time commits, etc. I think Big Brown would have Used me only to Lose me. It seems impossible to make it as a 1st time Rookie during Peak, though i would have followed through any other time of the year. 1st post Would appreciate any feedback. Good choice, bad choice? What's it like to start your 1st driving experience right in Peak? And after 30 days of would I have been omitted from DQ (not including an accident)? from Minnesota, with lots of snow and ice (and accident potential) Thank You!!