Winter tires

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Packmule, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    So we already had our first blast of winter. Up to 4 inches in the grass, but warm enough to not stick to roads at all so it was doable with the summer tires on the truck.
    I start writing this up now in hopes that we will have good, deep, crosstreaded tires put on all four corners in early October. Last year we were filing grievances in November before they took care of the problem.
    How well do you other snow cats deal with this?
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member


    We can't even get washer fluid.
  3. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I was big on just bringing back everything I didn't feel safe delivering. If they don't provide me the proper equipment to drive in the snow, then I don't drive in the snow.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Our shop is really good about making sure they have them off before Thanksgiving. Our center provides tubes of sand to use as weight and chains just in case. Thankfully I am in the city so I don't need the sand or the chains.
  5. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Our tires get changed when bald in NJ. Good tires or not, my 7 sucks in any snow.
  6. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Do they swap your bald tires for the bald tires on the truck next to yours?
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  7. Bottom rung

    Bottom rung Active Member

    I get the half used up tires off the rural route package cars. They get all the new stuff. Sand tubes...what a waste of time, and a damn mess to boot.
  8. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Either I need to stop complaining or you guys need to start. It's your safety and your career on the line.
  9. rod

    rod retired and happy

    They used to put new recap snow tires on the rear every fall. They actually worked really good for a couple of months until they wore a little.
  10. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    If they don't have sufficient tread on them in the morning, I'd refuse to drive it. They can't force you to run an unsafe vehicle and with something clearly visible like tires the DoT would back you up.
  11. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Retreads are the only tires we run here.
  12. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    We don't get significant snow until January so I'll worry about it then.
  13. oldupsman

    oldupsman Well-Known Member

    I made it point to know all the mechanics and even their sups. I also made it a point to write up my tires in early Nov.
    And stop in the shop the first night before I wrote the request for new tires. Never took more than a week and I'd
    have new tires for the winter season. It became a ritual. And they knew I would just be a pest if I didn't get those tires.
  14. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Where the hell are you getting 4" mid September? Alaska?

    I'm in Massachusetts where we get good snow and we don't get snow tires.
  15. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Yup....the sandbags break in the back of the truck....and the floor is sandy till May.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    I keep tread to a good level when weather gets bad, but I just have to use what the tire service provides. Most of the time they don't even adhere to my requests for NEW steer tires. It seems they are moving away from the really aggressive caps because they last half as long.
  17. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Next they will have you regrooving those bald tires.
  18. Followthemethods

    Followthemethods New Member

    Last March we had a snow storm, Get a text from sup saying report to work at 10:00 am. Drive all the way to building, and sup says they are not sending drivers out. I said I am here and want my 8 hours. Was told they couldn't do anything. I filed a my grievance and last week the BA said there is no way I will win it, so he had me sign a paper saying I dropped it. I will never, ever drive into work again if there is any snow on the ground. I hope it snows its tail off during peak.
  19. cosmo1

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

    Over my 34 years, I think I only had three different mechanics. I got along well with all three, I pretty much only ran rural routes and all would hold off giving me new tires in the fall until late October. Most years, I'd get new rears again in late January.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    That's what I aim for as long as the weather remains dry and the driver has a paved route.