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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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Frank Contreras (7 days ago)
For those of you that think he only delivers 30 stops a day. I'm sorry, but you just don't get it. I've been at UPS 36 years and and in that time ridden with hundreds of drivers. Getting stops off in an URBAN area has little to do with how fast you drive. It's about the smoothness and the methods being exact and precise. Very little time is made up by driving fast. Much more time is wasted on excessive customer talk time, looking for packages in the cargo area, and running the route in the wrong order.
Hei Hei (16 days ago)
Must be nice to have a truck that small.
ASSASSINS CREED9000 (19 days ago)
Wow ups
Martin Gonzalez (3 months ago)
God... I’m the dirtiest driver ever... lol
Sophisticated White Man (4 months ago)
Moving like that i bet he has about 60 stops a 5 pickups lol
jtorres1486 (1 month ago)
thats being generous lol
EXPENSIVEWASTE (6 months ago)
UPS drivers here in salt lake city drive like assholes.
The94GTC (7 months ago)
It is only getting harder with half the other drivers on Facebook and texting driving down the road
Sho Bud (7 months ago)
woooooooooow thats crazy i worked @ the same hub a couple of years ago as a preloader & 1 thing for sure they mos def honk around every corner in that hub
Pablo Clavo (9 months ago)
Oh look its wsj... Looking for stupid things to poorly report
Gcs, Cws, and gwr (9 months ago)
Yah ups
rocker 69 (11 months ago)
cant fire you for following methods no matter how slow you are.
Lord of the Dings (1 year ago)
he seems like a sweet guy lol bless his heart
falcondriver100 (1 year ago)
How can you grow up on a farm and move to a hellhole like NYC??
Frankly Awesome (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
You'll make more money driving for ups than any 4 year degree from college. Fuck college go get some real money.
matty t (3 months ago)
+Sadeth Cheng you mean a worthless degree like liberal arts is not worth the paper it's printed on.
Gregorio (4 months ago)
Sadeth Cheng thank you for your service good sir!
Sadeth Cheng (4 months ago)
I think what people need to realize is that a college degree is not an all-powerful tool as it once was. A college degree is not a complete useless, but you have to complement it with skills, experience, and personal talents. Kids have been brainwashed since childhood to think that just having a college degrees will guarantee them a good paying job after they graduate.
Gregorio (5 months ago)
Capt Murphy yes
jtorres1486 (1 year ago)
Super seniority lol ...10 year safe driving in downtown nyc
MASERATI BOYZ (2 years 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
Krypto Kugo (4 months ago)
If you like heavy lifting and organizing packages, know how to drive then yes this job is for you!
Eddie - (10 months ago)
Lol stay in college man ups is not fun work
joe ramone (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Yeah because Pilsen over on 18th and Damen is obviously a suburb lmao
joe ramone (1 year 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 (2 years 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. :/
jlefebre6001 (7 months ago)
been with ups 12 years. this is 100% true.
Aten Akehnaton (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)
avoid crossing traffic by making right turns** WSJ
Blake Bernard (2 years ago)
I bet this dude clears 6 figs
Floyd R. Turbo (2 years ago)
I can't comprehend even 1 year of safe driving in NYC let alone 47 years.
richards555 (2 years ago)
Lots of ganja . 10 hours days with 22 stops.lol and 3 on calls 2 regular pick ups to be fair,
Randy Fields (2 years ago)
Damn! 45 yrs.safe driving!!! I 15 noted for my 25! Lol dude is a o.45 yrs in NYC!!!!! Wow
vikings844 (3 years ago)
47 years of safe driving in the heart of NY! Amazing! That is what you call a professional driver my friends
ydee2010 (3 years ago)
i love being over 9.5 so i no i can get im that young slow driver
I just got hired at ups I'm a driver thanks for the tip I will slow down because safety comes first
TheVideoGametuts (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (2 years 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 (3 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.
Huevo Duro702 (4 months ago)
Right now at peak season I had over 270 stops!! With a pub
LS1 Corvette Fan (6 months ago)
acedogg692005 Friday I left the building in a P10 with 370 pieces and 232 stops at 8pm they sent three drivers to take 15 each off of me. I only gave them about 12 each I punched out at 10:25 pm I could barely crack my bulk head door for the first 25 stops. My stop counts are a joke and no one's laughing.
acedogg692005 (10 months ago)
You do see I commented 1+2yrs ago right? Are you saying 200 stops or pieces? I don't even know why I asked you'll say stops. When we both know your only tryin to make it sound good. Things have changed big time at our building in that time. Our volume is up like crazy! We add 2- 3 routes a day, most trucks leave with 250+pieces, some with more. Some drivers have to go back out after dropping off their pu's. That Orion thing has some driver working til 9-10pm most night.
Ash Rigsby (10 months ago)
acedogg692005 by God's grace, 225, business res pu...30 mph?!? only in neighborhoods. 200 is a light day at my hub for all
acedogg692005 (2 years 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?
ups man (3 years ago)
U da man good advice. Slow down. Gents paid by hour. Plus. Accident. No good. safty First.