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December 18th, 2013

This Week in Orange County 12-18-13

Orange County Executive Edward Diana
The holiday season is a wonderful time here in Orange County. From the beautiful displays of lights, to the many parties and social gatherings, the holidays have a way of bringing us together as a community. Many of our residents travel to visit relatives in other parts of the state and country, and conversely, we have many visitors who come and enjoy the holidays in Orange County. Winter can be a tough time for travel, but if we follow some basic tips, we can all get to where were going safely.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is to use common sense. If you need to drive to grandma’s house a day later then you anticipated, it’s better than to drive in bad weather and risk getting into an accident. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

It is important to make sure that you have cleared any snow or ice off your car before you hit the road. Falling snow can be a major hazard to other cars on the road and can cause accidents. Always fill the gasoline tank before a long trip or even for a short distance. Stop to fill-up long before the tank begins to run low. Keeping your tank as full as possible will minimize condensation, providing the maximum advantage in case of trouble.

Keep winter car supplies that can assist you in case of an emergency. You easily can equip your vehicle with essential gear for winter. Here’s what you should consider keeping in your car:

-Booster cables
-Two or more blankets
-Snow shovel and scraper
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-Extra clothing: cap, mittens, parka and overshoes or boots in case you have to walk for help.
-High calorie, non-perishable food like candy and canned nuts.
-Sand or strips of carpet for traction.
-Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
-Flares or reflectors
-Cloth/paper towels
-Piece of bright cloth

If everyone follows these common sense steps our roads will be safer for all of our holiday travelers.

Until next week, I wish you all health and happiness.

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