Winter Driving

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by drewed, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    Snows upon us (here atleast) Im sure some of you guys have good tips/tricks and some interesting stories so please share.
  2. New Englander

    New Englander New Member

    As a senior driver once told me. "I don't have any bad roads on my route." , "I have roads I don't service in the winter though."

    It honestly had taken way too long for me to understand the importance of those words.
  3. SumterCountyFlash

    SumterCountyFlash New Member

    no snow here in Cen FL, shorts year round. but we have lots of "bad roads" that dont get serviced daily.. lol
  4. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Well-Known Member

    You have to be careful in Florida in the winter.

    The population triples in my area and we seem to get the worse ones locally. No wonder Florida is called God's Waiting Room!

    Ohh... you meant handling the snow. we dont have that here! YIPPEE!
  5. SumterCountyFlash

    SumterCountyFlash New Member

    ever heard of the villages? its gotta be gods emergency waiting room, and its getting pretty pretty full these days. the dont drive cars there, only golf carts.
  6. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Hey now, if there is one place I would want to live out my days The Villages would be it..
    My parents are currently there(have been for 10 years) hopefully at least 10 more.

    The villages has one of the most active senior populations I've ever seen.

    As for driving in the snow... tap that gas on the new freightliners it makes turning around in cul de sac simple.
  7. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    Leesburg is senior capitol of South east I heard
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  9. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Never ever attempt to drive up a street or back into a dock unless you are 100% sure you can get out.
    Watch out for idiots driving too fast for the conditions.
    Always have a good ice scraper on board.
    Insure you have plenty fuel.
    Dress warm...
  10. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Well-Known Member

    I knew one of your old air drivers at the airport. It seems that most of your next days went to a hospital or were medical supplies!
  11. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Met a Miami driver once who had a desire to come north during his retirement years and do nothing but drive through the snow birds summer neighborhoods really really slow.
  12. Box_Junkie

    Box_Junkie Member

    I always have good tire chains, ice scraper, and one of those little extendable shovels.
  13. upshawk

    upshawk New Member

    Always keep a bag of grit right behind the driver seat
    Keep a aluminum scoop shovel
    On the real bad snowdays go pick up a few pkgs from one of your bulk pickup stops and load them on the floor on the back end to help your traction
  14. softshoe

    softshoe Member

    Snow chains, shovel, ice scraper for windshield, and sleeping bag that I have had to use to keep warm while I waited for a tow. These old relics that UPS have us drive break down real easy when the temperature get down near the Zero mark.
  15. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Call off, stay home....
  16. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    Remember: there is absolutely NOTHING in the back of that package car that is worth getting stuck and stranded for.
  17. chev

    chev Nightcrawler

    Who can argue with that great logic.
  18. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I just take my time. It will get there when it gets there.
  19. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    The Portland, OR area is bad when it doesnt snow often or enough here for people to learn how to drive in it or be prepared, but it does snow often enough to really screw things up when it happens.

    Part of my route is in a rural, hilly area that goes up about 1000 feet above the Willamette Valley. I can start my day out in the rain on the valley floor, but if I drive up one road for 10 minutes I will be in 6" of wet slushy snow. I have gotten really good at chaining up, sometimes I have to put them on and take them off several times in one day because they will break if you drive them on bare pavement for any length of time. I also have customers who are well aware of the fact that if there is any snow on the ground I will not even try getting up their driveway.

    I have gotten stuck in the snow and been pulled out by a customers tractor on several occasions. There are enough farmers on my route with tractors or 4x4 pickups that I know I wont be stuck for long.
  20. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    when it snows 3 weeks straight you have to deal with it,go ahead and call in/but you know there will be 10 stops from the day before that the swing driver decided was too dangerous....