Every winter, as the Indiana Department of Transportation snow plows make there way through major state routes and highways, homeowners who live on those areas, may get hit with extra snow on their mailboxes.
"You'd be surprised the amount of complaints that we we get, you know, 'someone has knocked off my mailbox," said Jason Tiller, the director of communications for the INDOT southwest region. "People thought the actual plow blade was was what knocking over their mailboxes, but in reality, it was just the snow coming off with all of that momentum."
INDOT wants to prevent people from having to replace their mailboxes.
"We started doing a little bit of looking into how you can protect your mailbox," Tiller said.
He suggests you put something reflective around your mailbox so it can be better seen at night time, like a 6 to 8 inch piece of reflective tape.
"It just gives the driver of that snow plow an extra layer of protection," Tiller said. "It gives them an opportunity to see exactly where they are at."
Don't forget to make sure your mailbox it properly secure.
You can also move it to another location in your driveway if you're that concerned.
"Although I'd say talk to your post master," Tiller said. "Try to understand your mail carrier's need in that situation."
And make sure you plow your own driveway before the snow crews come through.
"Clear about five to seven feet on either side of your mailbox," Tiller said. "When the plow comes through, they'll have already dumped all of their snow and what it boils down to is there is no snow to plow right next to your mail box and that protects your mailbox."
If you believe INDOT has caused damage to your mailbox, you can file a report with them.