The Most Dangerous Drives in Montana
Plan Accordingly when You Travel
Montana has some breathtaking scenery. A lot of it can be discovered without ever leaving your vehicle. From the Beartooth Pass to the winding roads along the Yellowstone River, there’s a scenic drive for everyone.
But before you get out there and start driving, make sure that you are prepared. Some of the roads are dangerous. In fact, Montana ranks 6th on the most dangerous places to drive (in part due to our overwhelmingly rural roads, and low population).
Driving Amongst the Animals
From Canada, through Missoula, and into Idaho (and all the way to Arizona actually), US Highway 93 is a popular drive. It’s popular not just with people, but animals as well. Cutting through some remote stretches of the wooded western half of the state, there are some of the highest concentrations of big game in the state. Combine this with the fact that you have wooded areas near water (Flathead Lake) and it’s a recipe for a dangerous road.
When driving US 93 (and nearly every other highway in Montana), pay special attention for animals near dawn and dusk. If you do encounter one and it looks like a collision is imminent, brake hard but don’t swerve! Trying to swerve means you will likely roll the vehicle, and the accident is much more likely to be deadly.
Driving While Bored
Driving while you’re tired is almost as bad as driving while drunk. And nothing exacerbates the situation like driving a lonely stretch of highway. US Highway 2, which cuts across the highline, is one of the loneliest roads in the state. And that can mean a higher percentage of fatal accidents. The culprit: even if someone is able to call the accident in to emergency crews, it takes a long time for them to get to you. So whether you doze off, hit an animal, or blow a tire, this road can be dangerous.
If you’re on Highway 2, make sure you take extra precautions to stay away and stay alert while you drive. Caffeine can help, but spitting sunflower seeds is often a better way to keep your mind active. Even better: pull over and move around a bit to get the blood flowing; or, if you have to, take a little nap to recharge.
Driving Amongst the People
To round out our most dangerous roads list, we have one of the most popular roads. I-90 cuts through the state going from Idaho and dipping down into Wyoming after passing through Billings. In Montana alone it’s 554 miles long and carries thousands of vehicles every day. The reason it’s so dangerous is not the volume of vehicles though. It’s not the animals, or the boredom people encounter while on it. The culprit is drunk driving.
Because of the rural nature of Montana, and the stigma of calling for a ride, our state has one of the highest drunk driving rates in the country. Too many people get on the interstate and cause massive crashes after they have been drinking. The best way to avoid being in a collision with a drunk driver is to simply stay off the roads when they’re out. Try not to drive between 10pm and 4am if you don’t have to.
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