Because of some slight peculiarities in our road, my mailbox keeps getting creamed. About once every month or two the mailbox itself gets hit, which is usually easy to fix. About once every year or so though, they manage to come over far enough that they take out the entire post and not just the box on top of it. Quite often they leave car parts in my yard. A couple of times whoever hit it has been nice enough to pay for a new mailbox or post, and one guy even replaced the post himself (he put in a nice solid 4x4 post which lasted until last Monday, when someone splintered that post into 3 pieces). Most just drive off.
I have covered the mailbox with reflectors and put reflectors along the road in a couple of places to warn people, but it still gets hit. So preventing it from getting hit isn’t a realistic option at this point.
What I need ideas for is how to make this much more easily repairable. Digging out the old 4x4 and putting in a new one is getting to be a pain in the backside. Moving the box somewhere else really isn’t an option.
Any ideas on how I can save myself some labor in fixing this every time my mailbox gets whacked?
I’m thinking maybe something along the lines of a free standing mailbox (not attached to the ground), so that I can just take its replacement out of the garage and put it in place, but it would have to be sturdy enough not to blow over in the strongest of winds. Alternately, maybe some sort of breakaway system where the snapped off pole could be much more quickly replaced.
Any other ideas are also welcome.
The solution also has to be cheap, because it is going to get destroyed sooner or later (and probably more sooner than later).
Barriers (like a huge freaking rock blocking the mailbox) are not a realistic option.