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UPS Drivers Awarded for Driving Like Grandma

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UPS driver Ronnie McKnight has one of the longest safe-driving records at the company. And he's achieved it by driving through Manhattan for more than 46 years. Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy Visit the WSJ channel for more video: https://www.youtube.com/wsjdigitalnetwork More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://online.wsj.com/home-page Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjlive Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJLive Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/ Follow WSJ on Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/wall-street-journal
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Brooke Kramer (1 month ago)
he seems like a sweet guy lol bless his heart
falcondriver100 (4 months ago)
How can you grow up on a farm and move to a hellhole like NYC??
Frankly Awesome (7 months ago)
He must be the he only one, every UPS driver I've ever come across is the rudest driver on the road. Always thought it was a prerequisite to be a flaming asshole to work for UPS!
BigBoysClimbOnBigRing (7 months ago)
You'll make more money driving for ups than any 4 year degree from college. Fuck college go get some real money.
thegamerfrominside (1 month ago)
joe ramone actually. college debt takes about 30 yrs at max to pay off and thats if you make about over 100k a year.
Aten Akehnaton (6 months ago)
+joe ramone You didn't get to the end of my comment did you? There are drivers making about that much a year, the feeder drivers make about 40-50 an hour working 10 hours a day plus full health benefits. Time and a half after 8 hours.
joe ramone (6 months ago)
+Aten Akehnaton I believe my sarcastic comment went over your head. I make 180K a year as senior director of engineering were I am employed. There's no way in hell some schmoe driving a UPS truck comes close to that. My comment was geared towards the peon who claimed that you'll make more money driving a UPS truck than with a college degree.
Aten Akehnaton (6 months ago)
+joe ramone When you're 50 and your knees aren't blown out, your back isn't blown out, and you don't completely hate your job other than the money which you have to tell everyone about to make yourself feel better about getting up and going to a job you hate everyday all day, you'll be more than thankful for that engineering degree. lol That and the fact you're probably making A LOT MORE MONEY. :) Good for you man.
joe ramone (6 months ago)
UPS drivers make over 180K a year? Wow! I should have never gone to engineering college.
jtorres1486 (11 months ago)
Super seniority lol ...10 year safe driving in downtown nyc
MASERATI BOYZ (1 year ago)
Man I swear if college doesn't work out I'm going to make a career outta UPS lmao, it'd be my dream to have a delivery route in the Loop or a hipster neighborhood in Chi town
joe ramone (6 months ago)
+MASERATI BOYZ Hey how about that. You name an intersection in the city of Chicago. I'll bet you refer to Lake Michigan as "Lake Michigan". Bwahahaahaha. Typical suburbanite dork.
MASERATI BOYZ (6 months ago)
Yeah because Pilsen over on 18th and Damen is obviously a suburb lmao
joe ramone (6 months ago)
The name of my town is Chicago, not Chi Town. Only non-Chicagoans call my town Chi Town. Just like you'll never hear a Chicagoan called the bears, da bears. You're obviously a suburbanite dork. By the way, being a parcel delivery guy is a fucking pain in the ass job. Especially if you're driving in a high traffic area like downtown CHICAGO.
clonewars22 (1 year ago)
I've been doing preload for about 6 months now and my long term goal is to try and go driver. I'm starting to realize that it's good to have a slower pace as a driver so that dispatch doesn't cram a shit ton of stops onto you. Every time I have a cover driver that is known for working fast, my trucks get more packages/stops added to them instantly because dispatch knows that the cover driver will do them. Kind of the sad truth about UPS that the harder you work, the more you have to do. :/
Aten Akehnaton (6 months ago)
+Jerome Narine lol I get the same thing from my driver. He actually shows me picture of the other peoples load on his phone like I give a shit. I don't get a massive volume it's just you have to be able to really pack it in so it all fits. My truck only has 4 stops and maybe 1000 pieces a day. It's just big heavy boxes.
Jerome Narine (6 months ago)
I feel you man. When I'm not loading my drivers get pissed because the other loader who packed the truck can't load it like I do.
Aten Akehnaton (6 months ago)
Exactly, hard work doesn't get you anywhere at UPS. Management is a buddy-fuck system and hourly's get paid by position and seniority. I just work at the pace I feel comfortable. I got pegged with a truck virtually no one else can load properly. Apparently it gets real bad when I'm not there.
Erik DeWitt (1 year ago)
Insane! I feel like with 260 stops during peak I can't "drive like grandma" for more than a minute...but hes in Manhattan and there is no place else as crazy on Earth, well done man.
klazzikk (1 year ago)
avoid crossing traffic by making right turns** WSJ
Blake Bernard (1 year ago)
I bet this dude clears 6 figs
Floyd R. Turbo (1 year ago)
I can't comprehend even 1 year of safe driving in NYC let alone 47 years.
richards555 (1 year ago)
Lots of ganja . 10 hours days with 22 stops.lol and 3 on calls 2 regular pick ups to be fair,
Randy Fields (1 year ago)
Damn! 45 yrs.safe driving!!! I 15 noted for my 25! Lol dude is a o.45 yrs in NYC!!!!! Wow
vikings844 (2 years ago)
47 years of safe driving in the heart of NY! Amazing! That is what you call a professional driver my friends
ydee2010 (2 years ago)
i love being over 9.5 so i no i can get im that young slow driver
BEASTY PGH THUG STEELER NATION (2 years ago)
I just got hired at ups I'm a driver thanks for the tip I will slow down because safety comes first
TheVideoGametuts (6 months ago)
@Iman Axbert I'm pretty sure they can't do anything after the first 30 days. They test you the first 30 days to see if you're qualified to drive and then after that they can't do anything about your performance. Then again, you're on call the first couple years so they'd probably just never have you work if you were too slow
Iman Axbert (10 months ago)
Don't be surprised if you get written up for performance. At UPS, you're damned if you do & damned if you don't. You can't win against management.
richards555 (1 year ago)
Great dude no one at ups will ever tell you your driving too slow etc . Only idiots drive too fast like some of the other comments about driving 55 mph load of crap morons w Who don't understand how it works . Safety first . If you miss you miss.
acedogg692005 (2 years ago)
Wonder how many stops he does in a day? 30?. We do on average 130 stops a day at my hub, you have to drive it like you stole it or you'll never get done. Good Job driving safe Ronnie.
acedogg692005 (1 year ago)
+richards555 Haha Missed Button... at our building if you come back with stuff other than closed, EC, etc. you get in trouble the next day. And why the Jackass? I didn't say anything to make anyone mad or anything bad about anyone?
richards555 (1 year ago)
+acedogg692005 that's why there's a missed button jackass some people are just dumb,put the community at risk to finish all the work.. Just use the methods
acedogg692005 (1 year ago)
No the stops aren't close. Maybe around 150+miles a day. A lot of them don't take breaks, and no GPS. Seriously some of the drivers do 50+mps down side streets...If they don't they'd never get all their stuff off in a day. Guess its all suppose to change now with Orion though.
Tyson Sprinter (1 year ago)
Wow! Any breaks? Are the stops closer together? Do you have a GPS? Sorry I'm very curious!
ups man (2 years ago)
U da man good advice. Slow down. Gents paid by hour. Plus. Accident. No good. safty First.