Grenada County
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Holiday Travel


As Sheriff of Grenada County, one of my goals is to encourage proactive efforts when it comes to public safety.  As we face a new season of winter weather, now is the time to ready ourselves and our families for storms and potentially hazardous driving conditions. 

The best advice we have for you during a winter storm is to stay at home and keep off the roadways if at all possible until conditions improve. However, it is always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected. Below is a good checklist (from www.Ready.gov) outlining how you can best prepare your vehicle for winter weather.

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.

 Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight
  • battery powered radio
  • extra batteries
  • water
  • snack food
  • matches
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blanket(s)
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt and sand
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares
  • fluorescent distress flag

 

For more information, visit www.Ready.gov

As always, if you have a cell phone, charge it before you begin your journey.

Wishing you safe travel and a happy holiday season,

 

Sheriff Alton Strider

Grenada County Sheriff