The Road Trip Chronicles Continue: Long Drive Montana Travel Tips a la David

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software. What you are about to read is real.

Toole County

November 17, 2014

It’s getting close to the time of year when I start driving through the blessed state of Montana. Yep, that’s right, it’s winter. Gazing at the snow capped mountains got me thinking about driving on passes in the winter, which got me thinking about getting ready. Remember, it is always cheaper to learn from someone else’s experience – so in looking back at the previous year’s travels, I want to share some advice as a winter road warrior.

Travel Tips for The Lovely State of Montana in the Winter–According to David

  1. Carry a coat and tire chains 365 days a year (hey, in Montana, you just never know).
  2. Hide an extra key. I keep one in my pant pocket. I discovered that putting it in the glove box defeats the purpose. Imagine…A snowy, cold stretch of road, way past all the Ag boys bedtimes, stepping out of the car for a minute (you know, for a breath of fresh air), and, well, there won’t be any locksmiths handy if you need one.
  3. Keep your tank full. It’s disconcerting for the low fuel light to come on between Winnett and Malta and there is no choice but to keep going (you know, the “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” thing).
  4. Enjoy the scenery, no matter where you are. Montana on any given day, and during any type of weather, is breathtaking.
  5. Nope. Scratch No. 4, you gotta watch for deer. Don’t forget your road kill salvage kit.
  6. Since we scratched No. 4, and 5 was a statement of No. 4, this is really 4. An emergency kit is also advisable. Think warmth, food, and first aid. You can get more information on what’s recommended here.
  7. (Or No. 5, or 6…I think we’ve lost count at this point) For winter driving I am a big fan of studded snow tires all the way around. On ice that extra bit of stoppin’ power sometimes is all you need.

There you have it! All you need for a successful ice cold drive through Montana in the winter in somewhere between 5 and 7 easy steps. See you soon!

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