We live on a typical American suburban street. Houses and driveways are pretty close together. There are short blocks. Everyone's mailbox is attached to the house by the front door. Most of the mail carriers park the truck and walk along the block filling boxes, then cross the street, fill those, and then move the truck to the next area.
But not our new carrier. This guy drives up to a house, kills the engine, walks up to the box, deposits the mail, gets back in the truck, starts up the engine, drives 75(?) feet to the next house, kills the engine, walks up to the box, deposits the mail, goes back in the truck, starts up the engine... all the way up and down our street. And I suppose he does the same thing on all his streets.
Maybe this mail carrier has a disability that prevents him from walking long distances. I know some disabilities are invisible. But it would seem that if that were the case, he'd have a different job.
This constant starting and stopping can't be good for fuel efficiency nor for the engine. Wonder how long our carrier's truck will last?
Seems like on any but the coldest/most stormy days - or the hottest/most humid ones - walking up and down the street would be much more pleasant anyway.