Safe Travel

The end of summer doesn’t necessarily signal the end of the traveling season. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the days around the Thanksgiving holiday are some of the busiest days of the year for highway travel of 100 miles or more. If you plan on traveling over the holidays, or any time, take a few steps to ensure that you and your family will be safe on the road.

Cold and Snow
Let’s face it, snow and extreme cold are certain possibilities in North Central Montana by the Thanksgiving holiday!

  • Make sure that your car contains an emergency supply kit. The kit should include a coffee can, matches, candles, rock salt, sand or cat litter, a shovel, a windshield scraper and adequate clothing and blankets.
  • Don’t travel in low visibility, and avoid traveling on ice when possible.
  • Listen for radio and television reports of travel advisories. Check road conditions before you set off. Click here to view current Montana road conditions.

Protect Your Passengers
If you are the driver, ensure that your passengers will be safe during the trip.

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure that your passengers do as well.
  • Young children should be fastened in appropriate safety seats. The safest place for children is the backseat.

Visit the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration to find out more about what type of safety restraints your children should have.

Drinking and Driving
Alcohol is a factor in nearly one-third of traffic fatalities (NHTSA). Make sure that you or anyone you are with avoids driving under the influence.

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before any party or outing begins.
  • Don’t let a friend drive if they are impaired.
  • Call a taxi or friend to pick you up if you do not have a designated driver.

Whether it is across town or across the country, take a few extra minutes to make your trip unforgettable…in a good way!

For more information on motor vehicle safety, visit

To learn more about emergency kits, including those for your car, visit CCHD’s Emergency Preparedness program.