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MHP offers safety tips as road conditions deteriorate

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MISSOULA - As snow continues to fall in Missoula the roads become increasingly dangerous.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer said they see all kinds of crashes in the winter and they often have to call in off-duty troopers.

Palmer said there are simple ways that you can stay safe while driving these less-than-favorable conditions.

One thing to keep in mind is to avoid cruise control. MHP says cruise control is only meant to be used on a bright sunny day with optimal road conditions.

Troopers also urge drivers not to speed.

“You really need to assess your speed and say ‘hey, do I feel comfortable right now if something were to happen right now?’ If the answer is maybe, or anything like that, you need to slow down and drive to your ability,” Palmer said.

If you have to reduce your speed below the flow-of-traffic, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.

But even if you prepare, crashes can still happen. Make sure that you have blankets and warm clothes as well as other supplies in your vehicle.

If you witness a crash, MHP says to report it right away, and that if it looks like someone is injured, you are required to stop and assist unless that puts you, and others involved, in more danger. 

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