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Winter is here… and so is winter driving

Winter is here… and so is winter driving

It is winter now… and with it comes the need to be ever more vigilant and attententive while driving.

Every year we see report on the news of large pile-ups on our highways during the winter, and there have already been a number of them already this winter; many of them avoidable and preventable.

The key? Paying attention and attentive, responsible driving. 

Be sure to watch this video clip from the Montana Highway Patrol relating to driving in hazardous conditions and not paying attention to stopped vehicles. 

Leave your cellphones down with your hands on the wheel. If you “must” interact with your mobile device, do so with a hands free, voice command capable routine; whether it be to control your music, make a phone call, or send a message. 

Another key point to keep in mind, that seems to be overlooked by too many people, is… drive according to the conditions of the road, and not based on the roads speed limit. Look, I understand we all have somewhere to be at a certain time, and most of us are tight on our time; but being on time to an appointment is not as important as being safe on the road and making it to your destination in one piece. 

Accidents are inherently dangerous and tragic, especially in adverse weather. Regardless of whether or not you are directly involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash, or broken down on the side of the road; it is YOUR responsibility to practice safe driving when passing a crash site. You should always observe caution; your life, as well as someone else’s life may depend on it.

So, with Winter upon us, and our cultural need to be on the road; remember these points at all times when driving, and especially during the winter or adverse weather conditions. 

  • Keep your eyes and attention on the road. If you must divert your attention, pull off the road in a safe manner and location.
  • Use hands free when it comes to your phone; or silence it altogether with an automated text to phone calls or messages stating you are driving and will return a message when you have reached your destination
  • Drive according to the road conditions… just because the speed limit is 55, does not mean you must exceed that speed in all conditions, SLOW DOWN when conditions require! This includes times of low visibility and night time. Fog, “over-driving your headlights”
  • MOVE OVER! ITS THE LAW!  If you see emergency or safety vehicles on the side of the road with emergency flashers on, you MUST move over to the left-most lane and slow down; if you’re unable to move over, SLOW DOWN! Each state has its own variation of this law, learn what they are. You should observe this for any vehicle on the shoulder with its signal or hazard lights on. 
  • Always be aware of your surroundings when driving.

Be sure to watch this video clip from the Montana Highway Patrol relating to driving in hazardous conditions and not paying attention to stopped vehicles. 

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