Montana Department of Transportation

Bigge Crane Megaload Permit Issued

A permit has been issued for a megaload to travel from Idaho through Montana to Great Falls. The move, planned for seven stages, will travel at night to minimize travel disruptions to others along the route. MORE INFORMATION

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Winter Driving

winter road image - snowplow sign

You can help ensure a safer winter driving experience by being prepared, alert and cautious.

Winter Driving Checklist

  • Read the Winter Survival Guide.
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Clean off your car. Keep windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Slow down in poor visibility conditions.
  • Maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles.
  • Expect ice on bridges and in shady spots.
  • Don't pass snowplows or spreaders unless it's absolutely necessary.
  • Prepare your vehicle for winter driving at the start of the season.
  • Check to be sure all four tires are in good condition.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to get snow tires mounted.
  • Keep an emergency travel kit in your car.

Snow Plows

Our snowplows are on the road for your safety. When you encounter a snowplow, remember:

  • Plows travel slowly, usually 25-30 miles per hour. If you have to pass, keep in mind the snowplow driver may have a difficult time seeing you, especially while clearing the road ahead.
  • Never pass a plow on the right. Some snowplows are equipped with a wing plow - an eight foot extension off the right side of the truck.
  • Plows aren't just removing snow. They may also be spreading sand or deicer on the road. Maintain a safe distance behind the snowplow to avoid being sprayed.