(10/18/13) - Saturday morning, all Mid-Michigan road commissions want you to do something that might sound silly.
"Actually, see if it's going to take it. You know, move it around," said Brent Friess, Shiawassee County Road Commission superintendent.
What else would you do on 'Shake Your Mailbox Day'?
"Do a maintenance on your mailbox, no different than you'd do maintenance on your car," Friess said.
The reason for this annual request? Friess says they want your mailbox to stand up to what Mother Nature has in store.
Before you know it, snow will be falling. Under those conditions, mailboxes do get knocked down on occasion.
"The trucks aren't hitting it, it's actually the snow coming off the end of the blades," Friess said.
So how do you know if your mailbox will stand tall, all winter long? Start by looking underneath it. You want to make sure the screws and bracket underneath are tightened, and on a solid base.
If it's all rotted out, I could come by here and just go like that, knock it over," Friess said.
Poles are important too.The road commission recommends ones made from an old sign post.
"Plastic mailboxes, yes they look really nice, but they don't take the winter as well, especially when it gets really cold. It's brittle and nothing to give," Friess said.
Friess says the key is finding the perfect balance. Not too much give, and not too little either.
"When the snow did hit it, it's going to go like, it's going to bounce and that's what you want. Anything that's rigid, it's just going to snap it off," he said.
There is also a correct way to shovel snow at the end of your driveway.
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