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What are some tips for safe winter driving?

Winter in Montana can make for some questionable road conditions. As the driver of a large truck, it is your responsibility to drive safely. This protects you and others on the road. While you may practice safe driving on a regular basis, it is even more important to do so in the winter. 

According to Roadmaster, you want to be especially diligent about allowing enough space between you and other vehicles and taking more time to stop and go in winter weather. In addition, because road conditions can be variable, you must watch out for ice and snow accumulation. This requires being completely focused on the road and keeping both hands on the wheel at all times.

You should also be aware of changing conditions. If things get too bad, have a plan for pulling off. Prepare a winter kit to keep in your truck that is filled with useful items, such as food, water, blankets, flashlights and extra clothing. You may end up stuck somewhere unable to get help, so having a kit can keep you safe.

It is also important to always check out your truck before hitting the road. Look at your tires, check all your lights and ensure everything is in proper working order. A breakdown in bad winter weather can be dangerous. You want to be sure your truck is ready to handle the road conditions, too. 

Finally, just go slow. This is the biggest thing you can do. Trying to push yourself and your truck on bad roads leads to accidents. Slow down and prepare for longer trip times. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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