Gritney Spears, Alexander the Grit and the Big G will be seen riding around Essex over the coming months as gritters gear up for winter.
Local schools helped name a number of the County Council’s fleet earlier this year as part of a competition.
Officials say the vehicles are ready and other preparations have been made.
The Council currently has approximately 15,500 tonnes of salt in stock with top ups available at short notice. The average winter usually requires about 18-20,000 tonnes.
Winter officially begins for highways maintenance engineers on Monday, 24 October, starting with a “low-risk” period before moving up a gear into “high-risk” season in December.
The fleet of more than 60 vehicles, including eight brand new machines this year, can spread salt on about 2,000 miles of Essex highways on each run, including all the Council’s major routes. Around 200 tonnes of salt is used on each run, with each route on its salting network being treatable in a maximum of three hours.