Delivery Drivers in High Demand with Snowy Weather

Brandon Weathers
Updated: February 11, 2019 05:52 PM

It's often the case that food delivery drivers are in high demand during the most challenging road conditions.

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Papa John's shift leader Jacob Mowry said, "If it's real bad weather, it can be a lot of business, otherwise if it's just light snow, it could be really hit or miss."

Steven Elwell is a delivery driver for Toppers. He said the snow Sunday night definitely increased their business. Elwell said, "I went to a couple of houses, and they were like, 'thank you, thank you! We didn't want to drive out in the snow.'"

Elwell said the road conditions in Duluth Sunday night were particularly challenging. "It was just terrible. Coming up and down the hill, cars would get stuck, (and ) you would have to avoid another car because a car couldn't get up the hill," Elwell said.

The poor road conditions combined with the increase in business results in longer wait time for delivery. Elwell said, "people don't realize when you deliver pizzas, it's gonna take extra time with the snow." Mowry said, "Because of the weather, (it) probably only (added) about 10, 15 minutes, but due to the amount of orders, it was probably an extra half hour."

Elwell said most people are understanding of the wait. "Even though the times were about an hour to get their pizza, they were still grateful for us driving out there and just driving through the snow," he said.

Elwell said that people tend to express their appreciation with grautity. "I would say, yes, people tip a little bit more generously when it's snowing out," he said.

Whatever mother nature throws our way, it's the hard work of delivery drivers that brings our cravings to our front doors. Elwell said, "I just like delivering pizzas for people." Mowry added, "we'll do our best to get everything done."

As people prepare for another winter storm Tuesday, both Elwell and Mowry are anticipating longer wait times for delivery.


Brandon Weathers

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