Driving Tips in Windy Montana Weather
Even though snow and ice can be pretty treacherous during the winter and make drivers really nervous there is one thing that no one really thinks about and this can be just as scary.
The Montana Highway Patrol on their Facebook page did something that I thought was pretty smart and was give out some driving tips in windy conditions. What prompted them to do this was a semi that got flipped on Highway 87. Luckily no one was hurt.
As you can see from their post, some of tips are pretty basic. For instance, they say keep your distance and keep an eye on high profile vehicles. That means just watch out for semis and buses that can easily lose control in high winds. Another great tip is keep both hands on the wheel, wind gusts can push your car around and you need full strength to hold onto your car.
These all look like basic rules and tips to follow but they are important to remember. Livingston has seen wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour and driving in those wind conditions is terrifying.
I remember a few years ago I was driving me and couple friends to Missoula and there was wind around 60 MPH and everyone in the car was scared. The crosswind was trying to blow my car into a ditch for twenty miles and I was constantly watching the semi trucks around me. They were having just as hard of a time as I was staying on the road. Wind is terrifying so just be safe while driving.
For more details, check out the Montana Highway Patrol.