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OF MONTANA Jan^B} £ f9%8 r y O ÜP" i i| % I XI m MM jj ■ : 1 vX-M f Hi ï I 1 Bui remember that the truck or wagon box must be confined to 8 feet. In the case pictured, the beet type box side is extended with chains left hanging. This "brings the truck width to almost 11 feet—much too wide—and the dangling chains may swing out to strike other cars or pedestrians. : : : Never stop in the middle of the road. It is "suicide lane" for those who pause there. Pull as far over onto the shoul der as possible and always use the door next to the borrow pit when getting out of the car. Keep the door on the highway side shut and stay off the highway as much as possible. W. m . >4, : X; X n , s ÿ ' , , .. The man behind the wheel and not the machine he operated was the cause of the vast majority of the more than 160 fatalities on highways in the state in 1947. Pictured here is an example of gross care lessness. What chance would the operator of this car have of keeping it on the road or on his side of the road if he had a flat tire or hit an icy spot at high speed? The right way is to hold the wheel firmly with both hands, the left at 10 o'clock, the right at the 2 o'clock position. WYOMING S MONTANA AND NORTHERN \ \ L w'i . > C " £;.'l • ; > A •L: ••:• :: ; The car with the star and the man with the uniform of the Montana high way patrol—don't get jittery when they pull up along side of you on the highway and the officer motions you to stop. He's not necessarily going to give you a ticket. In most cases he will be trying to help you—to tell you that you have a wheel out of alignment, that one of your lights is out or inform you of some other matter that you want to know about. DON'T GET EXCITED, pull well over to the right side of the road and come to a stop slowly. Drive to Arrive By LARRY GILL in Co-operation With the Montana Highway Patrol IGHWAY safety is a matter for constant con cern, but with all Montana drivers now either facing tests or placed on probation under the new state law, it is well to review the principles of safe driving. A few of the major safety meas ures are illustrated on this page. H Remember THAT it is as unlawful (and disco ur I teous) to neglect to dim your headlights I when you are close behind another car as it is when you are meeting a car,. THAT the highway patrol's main ob jective is the education of the driving j public toward safer driving and that arrests are made only as a means : toward that end. THAT all those who did not hold a I driver's license in 1947, who are driving ; commercial vehicles or who have had j| their present license revoked, must pass a driver's test before being issued a 1948 1 license. The driver's test is in three main I parts—an eye test, a written examina ' tion on the driver's knowledge of high way laws and an actual driving test given by a member of the patrol in the I driver's own car. IF you are a young driver, that sta tistics are against you. They show that you are inclined to drive faster, take more chances and pay less heed to high j way safety regulations. ■ß} Pi <•; 1 ; 7 V - VV f Slick, icy roads call for an extra measure of cau tion. Highway patrolmen carry numerous items i® their patrol cars to help in emergencies such as that pictured here. Among other things they carry a shovel, an axe, railroad fusees, tow chain, tire chains, first aid kit, extra gasoline, fire extinguisher and wrecking bar. The average driver would do well to carry many such items himself. Though seldom used, they are usually a long way off when needed most. < f I ; v; X ■ •> The maximum load width of trucks i« 8 feet straw, as shown here. In this case the load may be built out to as much as 12 feet. The maximum load height i» 13V2 f e et. xcept in the case of hay oc Can you recognize the road sign in the foreground? If should be recognized as an arterial highway stop sign because of its octagonal shape. In the back ground are the two familiar railroad crossing signs. A round sign is also ■ designation of a railroad crossing. Square and diamond shaped signs also carry messages through their shapes alone.