What is a FT cover driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by novadriver, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. novadriver

    novadriver Active Member

    So i was riding along with my training sup and he says that ill be a ft cover driver after i qualify, but i have no idea wtf that means. I read other posts on here about CD's but still dont really understand.

    Someone enlighten me? Does this mean I won't be working unless someone is sick?
  2. cosmo1

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

    Pretty much. Or on vacation.
  3. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Sounds like what we call a swing driver. A FT guarantee driver that covers any route as needed. A non bid FT driver that doesn't have enough senority/chooses not to have a a route.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    A FT cover driver is a full-time driver without a bid area. You are guaranteed to work every day.

    Resident know-it-all.
  5. novadriver

    novadriver Active Member

    I was hoping to get my own route but i guess they probably already have the routes spoken for. I'll just enjoy my training route for now i guess, then take it from there.
  6. novadriver

    novadriver Active Member

    So i'll probably be on different routes all the time?
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.


    Resident know-it-all.

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Like Dave said, you are guaranteed your 8 hours. Depending where you work at you won't get your own route for a couple of years.

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  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I laugh when our FT bid cover driver throws a fit when they send him out blind.

    Resident know-it-all.
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  10. novadriver

    novadriver Active Member

    Thats kind of scary but as long as they understand ive never run the route and do not know the addresses, and they are paying me i wont complain lol
  11. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    Why would you laugh?
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Cuz it's funny. A grown man whining over being asked to do his job.

    Resident know-it-all.

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Depends on how your center runs things. My center babies the new guys too much. My advice is to learn as many routes as possible that way you get a feel for different areas (industrial/commercial/rural/city/resi). Don't be afraid to ask the other drivers for advice on how to run the routes you're on. Work safely. You will have bad days but keep your head up. I was a horrible driver my first year and then something just clicked and I was able to run any route they threw at me even in other centers.

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  14. novadriver

    novadriver Active Member

  15. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    You are a sad little man.
  16. Brown stains

    Brown stains Active Member

    Lol ...it sucks being a cover driver never know what your doing until 10 minutes before start time and 80% of the time it's on the blind... Just you and a map..then you get the light of death on your Diad ..need you to go help joe blow or do a air/ground meet
    I always respond I am in new area and have now clue where I am or where I am going ..WOUNT make air car myself sorry can't help
  17. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    Not every day some weeks you could run the same route everyday other weeks you could run 5 different routes. Some of those routes might be splits 99 percent house call days..... FT time cover isn't that bad at least you know that your not going to have a crappy route everyday and your'll learn which routes are good or not so good. So you won't be bidding a route on the blind... Also as a FT cover they expect a little less out of you as you not on the routes you cover everyday.... But than again I know 20 + of those 53 routes and can scratch everyone...

    In the center I'm in of 53 + routes on a given day this last bid 3 of the worst routes went to brand new drivers by default... There are FT cover drivers with 10 plus years that aren't bidding a crappy route just to have one...
  18. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    The new Southern Region Agreement is supposed to eliminate some of the running a different route every day nonsense. In February ALL routes are supposed to be bid. No one knows exactly how many of the junk routes that are only in 3,4 days a week will be bid but I'm hoping to get me one of them. This 10 guys waiting on that one that shows up 30 seconds before start time to chose a route nonsense has gotten old for everyone involved.
  19. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    No, not guaranteed, will be the first to be laid off.
  20. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Guaranteed 8 but might have to work in the building to get it. My first couple of weeks as a full-time driver I worked in the building three days to get my 8.