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Severe weather driving tips: Avoid an accident

Even when the weather is perfect, it can be difficult to make all the right decisions as a driver. Throw in Montana's often severe weather, such as ice or snow, and you find yourself in an even more challenging position.

Those who drive recklessly in severe weather are increasing their chance of causing an accident.

Here are several tips that can help you, as well as others on the road, remain safe:

-- Slow down. Above all else, you need to slow down the speed of your vehicle when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

-- Clear your windows. If you can't see where you are going, there is a better chance that you will be involved in an accident.

-- Use your headlights. There are two benefits of this. Not only do your headlights allow you to see better, but they make it easier for others to see you.

-- Be patient. Even if you are in a hurry, don't get impatient when driving in bad weather.

-- Pull over. If you are unsure of your ability to drive in inclement weather, such as heavy rain, pull over to the side of the road and wait it out. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Severe weather can hit at any time, making it difficult to safely navigate the roads. Taking extra caution during these times will decrease the chance of being involved in an accident.

If a person drives recklessly in severe weather, it could cause an accident, eventually leading to another party filing a claim in hopes of recovering compensation.

Source: State Farm, "Severe Weather Driving" accessed Feb. 02, 2015

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