Getting your driver's license is one of the most exciting things to look forward to as a teenager. It gives you a sense of freedom, and allows you to get to the places you want to go without relying on a ride from your parents. Taking to the open roads in Montana can be dangerous for a number of reasons. You have to worry about weather conditions, wildlife, and other drivers that are on the road with you.


Learning how to drive in the varying conditions that Montana is known for can be difficult. Fortunately, the state is full of back roads that are perfect for getting the hang of things. If you're the parent of a new teenage driver, there are certain steps you can take to ensure their safety once they are legal to drive in Big Sky Country.

Learning to Drive


  1. Practice driving on mountain roads: Montana is full of mountains, and driving through a mountain pass can be a nightmare if you're not prepared. Take time to practice driving on mountain roads. If you're a parent, you can accompany your new driver until you feel confident in their ability to navigate the roads alone.
  2. Practice driving at night: It's important to practice driving after dark. Many highways in Montana don't have street lights, so learning how do drive at night is crucial.
  3. Always wear your seatbelt: Make you that you and everyone else in your vehicle is buckled up.
  4. Put your phone away: No matter how badly you want to text your bestie, it can wait. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death on Montana highways.
  5. Learn how to drive in bad weather. Montana is known for its rapidly changing weather. Learning how to drive in the varying weather conditions is very important.
  6. Don't drive too fast: There are a lot of open roads in Montana, but you should avoid speeding. Know the limits of your driving abilities, and treat your vehicle with respect.
  7. Watch for wildlife: Montana is full of wild animals, and collisions with wildlife are fairly common in Montana. Always keep an eye out for deer, elk, and other forms of wildlife when driving in Montana.
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