HELENA -- The Montana Department of Transportation is making it easier to prepare for holiday travel and winter roads with a free mobile application that provides road conditions, weather, incidents, highway closures, and roadway camera images. The app works on Androids and smart phones. It can be downloaded at www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/mobile or from the app store.
MDT also provides road conditions by calling 511 or going online at mdt511.com.
Road conditions are reported based on first hand observations by MDT’s experienced plow drivers and are updated as conditions change. Weather and road conditions change rapidly so motorists should use caution and be prepared.
Travelers are also reminded “Don’t Crowd the Plow”. These vehicles are large and use a lot of room to operate. Snowplows typically travel slower than posted speeds while removing snow and ice from the roads and drivers field of vision may be restricted. Many snowplows are rear-ended each winter so remember to slow down, stay back, and be prepared for winter maintenance materials spread from the back of the truck.
To ensure a safe and happy holiday season motorists are also reminded of the following:
• Turn off cruise control in the winter.
• Expect ice or frost on bridge decks and shaded areas.
• Always have a sober driver, and always buckle up.