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As a letter carrier of the United States Postal Service, you are most likely delivering, picking up, loading, and unloading mail from your USPS vehicle. There are only around 8,000 letter carriers who deliver mail on foot and with the Postal Service having one of the largest civilian fleet in the world of around 200,000 vehicles, you can imagine that most postal workers use these to get mail delivered.
If you are new to the Postal Service, you need to make sure that you take care of these vehicles very well. This is especially true if you are still in the 90-day probation period of your employment with the USPS. You could get a termination notice if you meet an accident “minor or major” at this point in your postal career. To avoid that, here are 8 safety tips to observe:
- Never do anything that will put you, your fellow postal workers, and the public in danger. This is a cardinal rule and must be at the forefront of your mind when using a USPS vehicle. That means no reckless driving of any sort.
- Never back up into anyone’s property or any fixed object at any time. That is bound to get you fired.
- Never let the engine run when you are not in the driver’s seat. If you need to go out of the car for any length of time, turn it off and engage the safety break. If you also need to get something inside the vehicle but have to leave the driver’s seat to do it, the same rule applies. Turn off the engine and turn on the safety brakes.
- Never leave the mail unattended. The Postal Service has earned the public trust for getting letters and parcels delivered so you are always reminded to lock your vehicle doors when you are not in it or when you are going to be away from it for any length of time.
- The safety brake must be applied whenever your postal vehicle is not running.
- Never operate a vehicle if you are drunk or otherwise feeling sick. It is better to call in sick than lose your job because if you are not in top condition when you drive, you only invite an accident.
- If you notice anything wrong with the vehicle you are using, report it to your supervisor immediately so that the mechanics can repair it right away.
- Follow all the rules on the road.