13 Things About The UPS That You'd Never Know Unless You Drove For Them
by N/A, 9 years ago | 2 min read| 2970
Your UPS guy might seem to zip in and out of your life, but there's a reason for that.
1. You should meet your driver halfway.
UPS drivers have anywhere from 150-200 deliveries to make in a day. If you can meet them at their truck or on your driveway, you'll make their day a lot easier.
2. They try not to make left turns.
Since drivers are very closely tracked, it was discovered that a lot of idling time was spent taking left turns or going against the flow of traffic. This policy has also helped to reduce carbon emissions by 100,000 metric tons.
3. They're called "package cars," not trucks.
They also don't have air conditioning, which is why drivers are often seen driving with their doors open.
4. Drivers go to boot camp.
UPS drivers go through an intense boot camp called Integrad. They learned to carry heavy packages, walk on slippery surfaces and other time-saving procedures.
5. The UPS driver is probably judging you.
UPS drivers see a lot from people's cracked doors. A former driver claimed he could tell who had a maid, who had a dog and who was going through a divorce.
6. Good drivers get to join the UPS "Circle of Honor."
25 years of safe driving earns drivers a UPS bomber jacket.
7. The company is anti-beard.
Drivers can have mustaches, but their facial hair can't extend beyond the corners of their mouths.
8. People do try to seduce them.
â€œThe male drivers have stories about women who come to the door dressed in a negligee, and the women experience the same with the opposite sex. It happened to me twice,â€ said a former driver.
9. Their every move is tracked.
Drivers carry a Delivery Information Acquisition Device that tracks how long they're moving or idle. They're trained to have a sense of urgency and have to drop off your package and go.
10. Dog bites are a serious issue for drivers.
Drivers can use their handheld computers to indicate which houses have dogs, so that other drivers are aware for future deliveries.
11. If drivers want to listen to music, they need to supply it themselves.
Package cars don't come with radios, so drivers have to bring their own music players.
12. Drivers make decent money and sometimes makes tips.
The average driver makes $30 an hour according to Glassdoor. If they have regular clientele, it's not uncommon for drivers to get tips or gifts from them.
13. Drivers are discouraged from driving in reverse.
The first thing drivers are taught with regard to driving in reverse is not to, if they can help it. This is so that they can avoid potentially hitting someone or something.
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