When the USPS delivers your mail, does the letter carrier need to leave their vehicle to put the mail in your mailbox?
He drives from mailbox to mailbox
The carrier doesn't have a vehicle. There are vehicles that make drops in USPS relay boxes, but the carrier who makes the final delivery arrives in the neighborhood on foot and delivers on foot.
She doesn't even need to leave the building. That is, the USPS doesn't even try to deliver mail to any homes in our area, they give us each a free PO box in the Post Office in town instead. It's pretty great.
Postman walks between all the homes here.
Yes. I live in a downtown area and there aren't mailboxes. The mailman walks around and goes door to door to deliver mail.
Yes. I'm in a large apt community, so the mail carrier spends much of the day going among our buildings spending a couple of hours in each building's mailroom.
My mail carrier drives to each mailbox and gets out to deliver the mail. Our mailboxes are paired with the nextdoor neighbor and at the sidewalk.
When our regular deliverer is out, her sub usually parks and walks the route.
He walks his route
Yes. Not just exit the vehicle, but unlock a door and walk into a room in the maintenance building at my apartment complex, to access the open ends of the residents' mailboxes. (Residents open their boxes from the outside, in a covered porch-like area.)
Up in the foothills where my daughter lives, her husband is the rural mail carrier. There are clusters of mailboxes up there so he has to get out of the vehicle too. He sometimes has to shovel snow to get to the boxes, coax a rattlesnake out of one, protect a snake trying to cross the road in traffic, or dodge a bear. The ubiquitous deer usually aren't a problem.
Since there are many boxes in the complex I live that are all indoors, the letter carrier has to leave their vehicle.
I remember when the mail carrier used to park at the end of the street and walk the whole street, coming up to the porches to put mail in boxes mounted by the door, in the village where I grew up. Or through a slot in the door, in cities where I've lived.
Many of the residential neighborhoods here have small clusters of mailboxes, or boxes mounted on posts immediately by the street, so that the carrier can reach all of them from the vehicle.
Growing up, our mailbox was on the street and the letter carrier drove to deliver mail and put it in the mailbox without having to leave the vehicle.
On our street, the mailboxes are on the front porch, with a slot going into the house - just as you remember, Susan. The mailman parks his truck and walks the route. It's very convenient for us, but much harder on the mail carrier.
For now, yes. Next month, no.