starting as a ground driver tomorrow, what should i know?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by halitzor, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. halitzor

    halitzor New Member

    Hello all, I just took my drug test and physical today and I start training tomorrow. I've been reading some posts but I don't know what most of the acronyms mean! So I'm basically wondering what info you all think I should know as a new driver? Thanks!
  2. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    You have tattoos?
  3. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Close your bulkhead. Don't text or talk. Shut the truck off at every stop. Stay out of driveways. Double check the address before you deliver it. Wear proper uniform (no flip flops).

    Did I hit all the stereotypes?
  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Apply for food stamps.
  5. halitzor

    halitzor New Member

    No tattoos. This is just a winter job for me. I rehab houses during the warmer months but we shut it down for winter (Columbus Ohio), so the food stamps shouldn't be necessary! Thanks for the replies.
  6. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Make sure you have a good pair of shoes. can make or break your day.
  7. halitzor

    halitzor New Member

    Good tip. I'll have to use my boots at first, luckilly they're comfortable and light. Any specific kind of shoes?
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The ones with laces.
  9. Gumby

    Gumby *

    I like Sketchers myself. They are just high enough to cover your ankle , lightweight and have good traction. Trust me, if you have the wrong shoes you will know it. Going in and out of that truck, a few 100 times a day plus going up steps, to customer houses...............will take a toll on your knees and ankles!
  10. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Drug test???? How do they get any help?

  11. halitzor

    halitzor New Member

    Beats me, I'm a little surprised I passed :D
  12. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Pretrip, posttrip, don't speed, safety, safety, safety.
  13. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    I go through 5-6 pair of insoles before my shoes give out.
    No. I wear black New Balance when it's nice out and my Red Wings when I need something waterproof. If/when your legs hurt at the end of the day, it's time for new insoles. They will wear out before your shoes/sneakers/boots do.

    Good luck.
  14. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Wolverine boots are cheap, warm, and comfortable.
  15. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    And get the light jacket. The heavy one is overkill.
  16. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    You should know that Express are your superiors
  17. freelabor

    freelabor Member

    Watch for peds.

    Don't speed.

    Scan mirrors.

    Avoid backing as much as possible. if you have to, back first and don't forget to give the horn a few taps.

    Keep bulkhead closed..

    Streets are numbered odd on one side and even on the other.

    You probably won't need a jacket, because as a ground or home delivery driver you're going to be jogging from your truck to the front door as much as possible LOL.
  18. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Of course you are...(Humor them. They've been feeling like jilted little school girls lately and their self esteem is pretty fragile.)
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    When you get to a loading dock at the same time as the UPS guy you should always let him go first.
  20. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    That's true. They're cranky old guys with a warped sense of entitlement and a strong fear that you are taking their freight from them. (Note: you are.)