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Major routes are paved and well maintained, but there are many gravel and dirt roads off the beaten track. When heading into remote regions, be sure to fill up the gas tank, and check road reports for construction delays or passes that may close in severe winter weather. Always carry a flashlight, drinking water and some food, a first-aid kit, and emergency overnight gear (a sleeping bag and extra, warm clothing). Most important, make sure someone is aware of your travel plans. While driving, be prepared for animals crossing roads, livestock on open ranges along the highway, and other hazards such as high winds and dust- or snowstorms.
When driving in the mountains in winter, make sure you have tire chains, studs, or snow tires.
Montana Highway Patrol. 406/388-3190 or 800/525-5555. www.doj.mt.gov/enforcement/highwaypatrol/.
Statewide Road Report. 800/226-7623. www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/.
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