Your longest back

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Packmule, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    So, in the spirit of avoiding backing, what would you estimate was the longest back you ever made?
    For me, I'm guessing half a mile. Wintertime, started in on a dry gravel road. Once I got back under the trees, it turned to solid ice. One side of the road was a steep bank uphill. The other side a sharp drop off down into the creek 30 feet below. One lane winding road. Two feet of snow all around. One half hour of daylight left.
    Take no chances! Back out nice and slow and steady.
  2. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    I had to back about a mile and a half out of a driveway once, a tree had blown down and blocked the road. The fire department in my area requires private driveways of this length to have turnouts every 1/4 mile for fire trucks, but the owner of the property had broken down cars parked in every one of his.
  3. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    Just a hair over one mile...flooded one lane road with no turn around spots.
  4. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Gotta watch those blown down trees. Last winter about drove into one at just above windshield level off a hillside. I was looking down into the trees for deer and almost slammed into it. 4 wheel skid there!
  5. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    I've done a good few (almost) 1/4 mile backs. One of the routes I cover is a wealthy area, where you can't see any houses from the street and most have inadequate turnaround space. Take no chances, I back all the way to the house. Jusy hope nobody comes flying around the corner
  6. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    3 king size bed lengths.
  7. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    About 3/4 of a mile. Long long driveway in the woods that has multiple places at the end to turn around. I got all the way out there and they were having some construction being done at the same time as they were having a party. There were about 15 cars and 3 big trucks there. Annnnd, back we go.
  8. 11HourRequest

    11HourRequest Active Member

    tomorrow i'm going to break the record with sandwich in hand.
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  9. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    About a mile and the driveway seemed like it was never straight for more than 20 yards. There was a car loop in front of the house but it was blocked and a heavy rain storm the night before made backing up in the yard not an option.
  10. Harey73

    Harey73 New Member

    Winter in New England a few years ago. Overnight we got almost 3 feet of snow. The roads are a mess and anything that isnt a main road has had a single pass from the plows and are barely one lane. My first next day is a sig req pkg in a tight little area with only a couple ways in and out. I get to the house and of course the snow bank is 4 feet high with 3 feet of snow up to the door so I sheeted it EC as I didnt want to risk and injury climbing the loosely packed snow bank. As I drove around the next corner there was a tree down across the street. My only option from there was to back all the way out to the main street and it was probably a mile back.

    Over the past 5 years or so we have had many snowy days like this where UPS insists we work and every other business in town is closed. We basically drive to our first business area which is always closed and kinda mess around until we are inevitably called in early.
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  11. Brownslave688

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

    How in the hell do you people remember this?

    I try to forget my day the second I clock out.
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  12. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    Probably from the sup yelling at them for appearing on the back report.
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Most of these stories are from the "pre-Telematics" era.
  14. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Anything over a few hundred feet in my book isn't a back, it's reverse driving.
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I take it you have never run a rural route.
  16. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Oh sure I have. That's why I call it reverse driving.

    Typically, I do it when worried about snow. Back up the grade so you can always go down.
  17. mjjlohn

    mjjlohn Active Member

    About 2 miles, fenced on both sides narrow farm road, backed up right to their front door and dropped off a pair of gun
  18. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I had one that was 3/4 of a mile or so. I was following a plow grader and when we got to the crossing road, it was drifted closed with 8 foot drifts over 100 yards long on either side of the intersection. I backed to the crossroads behind me.

    Seems like every winter there is a road that looks good till it does not and backing out is the best option.
  19. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    You should go intah feedahs !!
  20. DOK

    DOK Active Member

    For sure, we're forbidden backing more than 30' at any stop, period.