UPS Driving School, Road Test, and Physical
So you’ve been offered a driving position at UPS and are going to driving school. This is all pretty exciting, but what happens next?
It doesn’t matter if you were hired off the street or promoted from within. If you’ve been offered a chance to drive for UPS, you will go through the same process.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of what to expect.
UPS Road Test
The first thing that they will do is have a supervisor take you out in a delivery truck for a road test. This may sound nerve-racking, but it is not that bad.
They say that the supervisor will come from another center, but odds are it will be your local supervisor. It really depends on your location.
The purpose of the road test isn’t to give you a special license or anything like that. The point of this road test is to make sure you can handle the equipment. It tells them very quickly whether you are worth the investment of sending to driving school.
Before you go any further, make sure that you can drive a manual transmission and are comfortable driving a large vehicle. You don’t need a CDL or any special license to drive a UPS truck, so don’t worry about that.
Keep in mind, though, that they are going to take the biggest, oldest, run-down piece of shit truck that they have in their possession to determine that you have the ability to handle their equipment. These trucks are extremely large and most likely don’t have power steering. They are not fun to drive, but your supervisor just wants to see you handle a stick and hold your own in the beast.
Overall, this test is not a big deal if you can drive a stick, so don’t worry too much about it. It really comes down to what kind of supervisor you have. Some are sticklers and others just take you out to go through the motions.
After your road test, it’s time to turn your head and cough.
Before you go to UPS Driving School, they are going to schedule you for a DOT physical. This is basically a general checkup to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with you.
You will pee in a cup. They tell you that this is for medical testing and not drug testing, but who really knows. I would rather be clean for this, though.
Then you will get the usual eye exam, reflexes, yada yada. The grand finale comes with the hernia check, which is actually done with your underwear on nowadays, just so you know.
The whole process takes an hour or so. Next, you are going to UPS driving school.
UPS Driving School
Before I went to UPS driving school, I scoured the internet for information about what to expect and didn’t find enough of it. With that in mind, I have created this section especially for those of you who want to know the real deal with what will happen there.
There are two possibilities for anyone going to UPS driving school. You will either be sent to an Integrad location or a local UPS driving school. Which one you are sent to depends on your location.
If you are located near Landover, Maryland or Chicago, Illinois; odds are you are being sent to Integrad.
Integrad is a high-tech UPS training facility where you are groomed to become a UPS driver through rigorous exercises using advanced technology. From what I hear, this is a very tough program to pass, but most candidates are not sent here being there are only two locations. Read more about Integrad at the Brown Cafe.
I did not get sent here, so I do not have the most helpful information. From what I hear, there are driving simulators and even a mock village where you will simulate timed deliveries for your final test.
Here are some other helpful links to get you a little more informed:
Local UPS Driving School
Most prospective drivers are sent to a local UPS facility near a major city in your area. This is where you’ll spend about five days sitting in classrooms and memorizing the ‘Depth of Knowledge’, or the ‘five and ten’.
You will be put up in a hotel room near the facility where you will stay most likely Monday through Friday. Everything is paid for and you are compensated for a meals and gas mileage to the hotel and back home. Bring a credit card to have on file at the hotel for their damage security.
You will also be paid the driver’s starting wage for every hour you are in school. You will probably find this week to be your most profitable as a UPS employee up to this point.
You will be given uniforms, which will need to be pressed and clean every day, as you will wear them to class. Class starts at 8 AM and goes til 4:30 PM (this may vary). You will spend most of your day in a classroom or touring the facility.
By the second day, you will most likely be on the road with your fellow students. They have a training car that is basically a UPS truck fitted with school bus seats. It will probably be a manual transmission vehicle that you will be taking turns driving with your classmates. These are training drills where you will use the ‘Depth of Knowledge’ and recite how you are implementing them while you are driving around the city (You basically drive around and point at stuff, saying ‘clear’ and other ‘five and ten’ related terms). You will be on the road at least two days out of the week. Don’t worry though, they don’t fail you and send you home…unless you crash the car, of course.
This UPS driving school is absolutely nothing to worry about. You are not going to fail. They’ve invested too much money in you at this point to send you home. The only way you can fail the class is by failing the final test, which would be hard to do.
The most important part of the class is learning the ‘five and ten’. That is, the Five Seeing Habits and the Ten Point Commentary. These are general rules you must memorize and follow while driving. They are pretty much expecting you to memorize these word-for-word, so study hard. Here is a great source for getting a head start on your studying.
Although you are not expected to know the DOK going into school, it is a good idea to start memorizing them before you go. You will be given a copy of these to study before they send you to school. The final test is written and consists of writing the ‘five and ten’ and some other related multiple-choice questions.
If you study, there’s no reason you can’t pass this test. You will actually spend most of you week going over these in class, so it would be difficult not to know them by the end of the week.