Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Looking in the Mirror in WPB

Driver Safety Instructor (DSI) James Timmerman (far left) demonstrated the Mirror Adjustment Station to West Palm Beach employees. Photo: West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator Gayle Jones 

Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) and Long Life Vehicle (LLV) drivers look in the mirror for about five minutes before leaving on their appointed rounds every day. They do so, not because they are vain, but because they are safety-minded and want to prevent a vehicular accident.

Recently, Mirror Adjustment Stations were installed at City Place Station, Palm Beach Gardens Post Office, Palms Central Station, and Riviera Beach Post Office. Once the Mirror Adjustment Station is installed, it takes approximately five minutes to adjust all seven mirrors once the driver enters the station.

“Safety statistics show that properly adjusting mirrors can help reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents,” said West Palm Beach Postmaster Ernest Onody.

How does it work? With the help of an assistant, the driver parks the vehicle in the center of the mirror station box; the front line of the station should run directly in front of the bumper. Starting with Mirror # 1 (see mirror layout), all seven mirrors will be adjusted so the driver can see three corners, the front and rear bumpers, and right and left sides of the vehicle.

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