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Slide-off season | Preston Citizen

Slide-off season

December 18, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

As winter weather has settled into Franklin County, Sheriff Dave Fryar reminds motorists to use caution when traveling county and state highways during inclement weather and to cooperate with highway workers clearing the highways.

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Jason Sharp, a tow-truck operator who has been with West Motor for over 25 years, said people need to be prepared for what is going to happen if they are stuck on snowy roads for hours with nobody to rescue them.

“There are a lot of people that don’t have blankets in a vehicle or something to keep them warm. Sometimes they don’t even travel with a coat,” he said. “They should have a flashlight and emergency markers, so when they are sitting in a vehicle they can be seen.”

“We’ve pulled cars from ditches and a lot of slide-offs. It could be snowing, dark or late and they may be in their vehicle for a few hours before they get help. People need to think about what would happen if they were stranded in the snow for awhile,” said Jason Sharp, tow-truck operator with West Motor.

“We’ve pulled cars from ditches and a lot of slide-offs. It could be snowing, dark or late and they may be in their vehicle for a few hours before they get help. People need to think about what would happen if they were stranded in the snow for awhile,” said Jason Sharp, tow-truck operator with West Motor.

Fryar said winter conditions increase the importance of a well-maintained vehicle. Keep car windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice. Make sure tires and brakes are ready for the extra demands of winter. Visit a mechanic and ensure car battery and fluid levels are sufficient and heating units are working properly, he said.

Fryar said wearing a seat belt is the most effective safety precaution you can take, especially in the winter.

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