Q& A with a Postal Service veteran
James Mills is a Postal Service employee of 23 years who drove tractor trailers for the mail agency before serving as a driving safety instructor. Jim, as he prefers to be called, has trained more than 1,000 Northern Virginia postal employees on how to safely drive the postal trucks that deliver mail to homes and businesses.
Q What's the biggest misconception about driving postal trucks?
A lot of people get confused by sitting on the right-hand side, but basically you're making all your turns the same if you were sitting on the left side. They've just never driven right-hand drive.
How long does it take for someone to go through driving training?
The first day with me is driver orientation for eight hours. Then a computer-based course for four hours. Then they have a defensive driving course that we use with the National Safety Council. That's a six-hour course. Then they come back for the skills course and vehicle familiarization, which is another six hours.
The driver safety course only started recently, right?