Peak advice

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by platinum9898, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. platinum9898

    platinum9898 Active Member

    Looking for some advice/tips regarding peak as it will be my first as a pc driver. What to expect when i pop this cherry, how to use driver helpers. Any thing in detail to get a jump on things. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Always have a pee bottle.
    Always have baby wipes and DR bags.
  3. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    have a good flashlight,pack a couple of sandwiches( I dont want to waste an hour of daylight sitting on my butt)set a good pace and maintain it. its not that bad
  4. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Remember when you have a jumper, its a team effort not an individual effort. Things go a lot smoother when you work as a team. Its peak and both of you will work a lot and hard. Have a talk the first couple hours and let them know what you are expecting of them to get it out of the way. You will learn the first day if their going to be good or a dud. I always tried to find my own jumper that I knew and would work out for me. Never have had a bad jumper in all the peaks I have drove. No need for the jumper to do all the work or you to do all the work. Its a team during peak and should be done that way. If both of you are delivering simultaneously as much as possible youll get more done in a faster and more efficient fashion. I always do I go right and you go left and try to hit off as many at 1 time as possible. If that means parking between houses and both of you hitting 2 or 3 stops a piece at 1 time then that's what you do. All about teamwork and efficiency. Theres always going to be lazy drivers that make their drivers do everything, and those are the :censored2: drivers that go through multiple jumpers. Every jumper ive ever had told me after day 1 their staying with me through the whole peak, which I guess I can take pride in that. Good luck youngblood and remember efficient but safe. Find that safe zone, you aint got to kill yourself or your jumper and you don't want no injuries.
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  5. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Tell your family you will see them in January.
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  6. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    I meant I go left and jumper goes right lol.
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  7. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Exactly make that money during peak. We do what we do soldier lol.
  8. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    First of all don't get all worked up peak is just like any other day you only can deliver one stop at a time. The only difference is that your going to have more stops with that comes more packages to deliver. On the plus side your going to have a helper.

    Make sure your helper is moving when the car isn't. When your helper is delivering a package to it's delivery point be in the back finding and sorting the next couple of stops than be back in the seat ready to move when they get back. If you have stops sorted and there are stops across the street or next to each other have the helper deliver one and you the other.

    Your going to learn there are helper that catch on quick and are a pleasure to work with and then there are helpers that you will have to baby sit all day they can't follow simple direction or just don't want to but they all seem to have the same life story they can't keep a job and it's everyone else's fault.
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  9. bumped

    bumped Well-Known Member

    Peak is no big deal

    One stop at a time

    You will deliver in the dark

    Set your pace early. You run like a madman you will get dumped on all peak long.

    Be safe.
  10. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    agree / much better to eat in the dark than look for house numbers in the dark / peak can't be taught, it must be experienced
  11. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Bring a good book to read. Cozy slippers, and snacks!
  12. platinum9898

    platinum9898 Active Member

    Thank you gentlemen, Now i have a better picture of what to expect. How long do we have a helper any given day?

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  13. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    They give you a set number of hours a day sometimes it like 2 other it 8 or more and the number of hours they decided you can keep your helper isn't really based on the package count as you will see. I pick up my helper at the assigned time or earlier if needed and drop them off when I'm done delivering who the hell want to work only 2 or 3 hours a day especially doing helper work.
  14. ChickenLegs

    ChickenLegs Safety Expert

    1)Crank heat all the way up. 2)Tell helper to close door when he gets out.
    3) Relax - helpers are your Christmas gift from the company.
  15. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Do a search and read the thread that was started last week about the same thing.
  16. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    You will get a helper when you don't need one and when you really need one you get him for 2.99 hours.
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  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    And a Snuggie to catch a nice long
  18. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Forget about Xmas eve plans. You won't be home early.
  19. cosmo1

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

    Once upon a time, Xmas eve was a pretty easy day.

    One year I got in at 3:30 and was almost the latest.
  20. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Run and gun,skip lunch,get paid 8,go home early.