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What It's Like to Deliver in Freezing Temperatures as an Amazon Driver

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Freezing temperatures can cause an unprepared Amazon DSP delivery driver to quit right in the middle of their shift. Some customers are concerned about winter delivery drivers, and they have the right to know if drivers are comfortable making deliveries out in freezing temperatures, snow, and icy roads.

Amazon DSP drivers are properly prepped by management and provided with necessities before going out to deliver in cold conditions, but like at any other job, there are a few knuckleheads in the batch. For the most part, Amazon delivery drivers are dressed, equipped with food and liquids, and knowledgeable on how to drive and what measures to take to combat a rough winter day safely.

An Amazon driver can still have a lot of fun and be productive delivering in rough winter conditions. Dressing the part, driving carefully, and walking carefully are keys to an Amazon delivery driver's success in dangerous winter weather conditions. If a driver is not prepared physically and mentally, their day can end horribly. If they're prepared, although it's cold and skeptical outside, they will remain warm and safe.

A caring customer has the right to know that the Amazon delivery driver is okay on their route out in sketchy winter conditions. Management consistently drills safety and comfort in their heads.

How Amazon Drivers Stay Warm and Safe Delivering in Rough Winter Weather

Here are a few ways Amazon delivery drivers stay warm and safe when working in winter weather conditions.

Dressing the Part

If an Amazon delivery driver is dressed in layers (long johns, long-sleeved Amazon shirt, winter flannel shirt, fleece insulated pants, etc.), wears quality insulated wool hats and gloves and quality winter boots, they'll be comfortable and warm. Freezing weather conditions wouldn't stand a chance of disrupting the delivery driver's passion for the job if they followed safety guidelines. Nine times out of 10, they've chosen clothing that gives them high comfort levels of flexibility—the clothing is made for work versus fashion.

Driving the Part

If the employee drives to avoid slippery slopes of ice and snow and cruises around turns that are covered in snow and possible black ice conditions, they can prevent sliding down hills, getting stuck in a ditch, and, of course, an accident.

Walking the Part

Also, some customers' driveways are up a hill. If delivery workers take the grass route to the customer's delivery location, they can avoid many ugly slips and falls.

Drinking the Part

Staying hydrated in winter weather is crucial. Because the winter provides drier air than warmer months, our bodies need to hydrate more often. Also, your body is fighting harder to keep its normal body temperature in cold conditions, and water is a vital key to doing so. Amazon stations provide drivers with water before they pull out to go on their routes for the day.

Customers see Amazon delivery drivers out in snowy and icy conditions as heroes. It takes a lot of guts and dedication to ensure customers get their packages at all costs, even in those tough snowstorms and icy grounds. But please be aware that Amazon DSP driver management does not force drivers to drive down or up dangerous roads. If a driver approaches an icy or extremely snowy road, they are instructed to turn around and continue to their next deliveries.

All Amazon delivery vehicles are routinely checked for defrosting and heat malfunctions, tire damage, battery power, and other items for winterizing your vehicle. And drivers are equipped with snow picks and shovels in the event that they'd have to get themselves out of a snowy or icy jam.

Is It Ok to Offer a Delivery Driver Water or Snacks?

Yes. Amazon delivery drivers appreciate the offer. Some drivers will refuse an offer because they are fully equipped inside their vehicle. However, some drivers will take what they need. Some customers leave a container outside of their home attached with a note ("take one") filled with water, sodas, and snacks. Drivers usually talk highly about these thoughtful customers in Amazon delivery group chats.

Do Amazon Delivery Drivers Have Fun Delivering in the Cold?

Cold weather is liked by more people than you may think. A study on pewresearch.org revealed that 29% of people prefer to live in colder climates. Well, this may not explain why an Amazon delivery driver likes to work outside in the cold, but it does reveal that there is a substantial number of people who prefer to deal with the cold over warmer conditions.

To some drivers, a challenge is worth a million dollars. Ex-military and sports players are competitive and like to push themselves to take on difficulties. Working in freezing temperatures and completing a mission can gain a worker some credibility at the end of the day.

How to Make Life Easier for Amazon Delivery Drivers

One day, I'd like to see a delivery box at the end of every customer's driveway. This would be a dream come true for Amazon delivery drivers. The reason is that the drivers wouldn't have to walk the length of long driveways, as it can sometimes take two minutes to reach the front door (a safe drop-off location) of a customer's home.

Delivery Drivers Should Have Tough Skin

All Amazon drivers are adults. They understand the dangers of freezing conditions and should be able to handle the weather challenges. They've decided to take on the responsibilities of being an Amazon delivery driver, which includes snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. If they feel inadequate while working, they'll quit, and they'll be missing in action the following day. An Amazon driver's job life expectancy is about a week or two, often two days. So, it's not surprising to go to work a day or two after meeting a new hire and never see them again.

If a delivery driver is dressed in layers, cautious on slippery and snowy roads, and walks on the grass instead of icy driveways of a customer's house for a delivery, they can prevent injuries and accidents. Customers want to know if Amazon delivery drivers are doing ok in winter weather conditions. If they follow the suggestions of their managers, they should finish their workday with a smile. Amazon delivery drivers, for the most part, are doing quite well out there in freezing temperatures and on snow and icy roads.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.