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Advice for Driving in Winter Weather

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Two inches of snow and icy roads reduced my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia into parking lot.

The conditions were so bad that the city and surrounding areas are still under a state of emergency, so obviously southerners aren't used to driving in winter weather.

As a native to the South, I wanted to know how I should prepare before getting into the car during a Montana winter besides my first step of buying a good snow scrapper.

So I went to the National Weather Service to ask what else I should have in my car before hitting the road.

"If you had to travel in this weather, you would want a shovel, a cell phone, although in Montana sometimes the cell phones don't work. You would want a flare kit, extra blankets and clothes to stay warm. A bag of sand to help you out if you get stuck on some ice. Also have some water and food," says National Weather Service Meteorologist Nick Langlieb.

Langlieb says its always a good idea to check the road conditions for your trip before you go.

And if its too snowy or icy....

"In these conditions we would recommend not traveling. It should be more emergency travel for things you absolutely need to get to."

After some great tips and a little practice, I feel I'm better prepared than my home town to cruise through the snow dusted Montana roads.

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