When you are new at UPS

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by ASOT82, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. ASOT82

    ASOT82 New Member

    Hi all i have a very simple question. After you go to your 6 day training school and the 7th day being your first day on the job really, how would a fresh driver know where he has to go? Do they start out with current drivers and learn the routes? Obviously a new casual driver will not get his own route.
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    They quite often will send a driver out blind. Yes you are lost and confused and PO'ed but you are getting paid by the hour so about the only thing you can do is grin and bare it (and call in to tell them what is happening). The job isn't for someone who is easily flustered.

    Usually they will ride with you for a few days to get you to understand what a worthless POS you are and make you realize that no matter what you do it won't be good enough and to let you know who is boss.
  3. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    EDD will make your life easier, follow it the best you can. When management asks you why it took you so long just tell them you're doing the best you can. Just work safe and steady, you'll be fine.
  4. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

  5. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    They should send you out with a SUP for 1 Day them your on your own... Most small businesses get delivered through the front door. Larger businesses usually have signs that say Shipping and receiving go there. If your unsure ask someone at the business.
  6. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    There fixed it for u.
  7. ASOT82

    ASOT82 New Member

    I wish you could use GPS in the package cars that would help a bit.
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The only drivers that it may help are air drivers and those on country runs. GPS would be more of a nuisance to most of the others.
  9. CAFAL

    CAFAL New Member

    In a pinch, I use google maps on my phone. Great in a city. Shows you one ways or if you don't know a break.
  10. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    oops I did it the other day
  11. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I use my iPhone maps for O/A's, that's it.
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I have a trailer park on my area that is next to an industrial area. The main road through this park used to go through to the industrial area but has been blocked off for some time now. There is a sign at the front of the park which says "Dead End" or something to that effect but at least once a week a semi pulling a trailer will go down that road to try to access the industrial area because that is what GPS told them to do. Have you ever seen a semi pulling a trailer do a 27 point turn?
  13. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    On the last day of my "making book", my first center manager (who I recently found out was terminated out of another building for fudging numbers) told me "tomorrow, bring a map and a sense of humor". If you know in advance the area you'll be doing, take a ride there on your own time and look around.

    Use all the tools at your disposal including a map and a smart phone. Take notes, try to notice trends in street names (i.e., numbered streets, streets named for trees/flowers, streets with male or female names). Also, never be afraid to ask the customers. Many people live close to where they work, they can be a tremendous help.

    OVERBOARD Active Member

    If your a temp. you will probably quit after the first week. My center had 3 Temps. quit this summer. The temps. really get used and abused.
  15. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    Nothing like a good map so you get the big picture of the area. It's also easier and takes less time...
  16. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    Now you have him thinking,
  17. ASOT82

    ASOT82 New Member

    So package car drivers never use GPS like garmin when they start the job fresh? Or that is not even allowed to use?
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It is allowed but IMO it is more time consuming than helpful.
  19. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    We have a kid who uses one. He has to kinda hide it, as it's not allowed. Management turns a blind eye because they send him out blind on new routes without training, which is why he uses it.
    I wouldn't use it, but that's just me.
  20. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    We were told they weren't allowed.