Kris Elrod understands the importance of parking safely.
Elrod, a San Diego driving safety instructor, helps employees learn how to properly operate USPS vehicles. One of his key messages: Curb your wheels to prevent roll-away and runaway accidents.
“We should all be familiar with the requirements for dismounting a postal vehicle,” Elrod says.
Here are parking guidelines for employees:
• Put the vehicle in park and curb the wheels.
• If you park on an uphill slope, the wheels should be turned out and away from the curb. In all other circumstances — including a flat surface, a road with no curb or a downhill slope — turn the wheels inward.
• Set the handbrake.
• Turn off the vehicle and remove the keys.
“When parking your vehicle, remember the phrase, ‘Up and out, down and in,’” Elrod says.
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