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Old 09-08-2006, 02:41 PM
 
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I was wondering how often a car along with the driver goes off the edge of the road and plumets to the death?

I love the mountains, but yikes, sometimes I get real scared about driving those roads where if you go off, you are a gonner.

Does it happen, and if so, how much?
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:17 PM
 
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Default Mountains here, hills elsewhere

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I was wondering how often a car along with the driver goes off the edge of the road and plumets to the death?

I love the mountains, but yikes, sometimes I get real scared about driving those roads where if you go off, you are a gonner.

Does it happen, and if so, how much?
No worse than going off any highway and rolling down an embankment anywhere else.

Roads are designed well these days. People who are conscientious drivers--obeying speed limits, driving with weather conditions, not driving when conditions are real bad, ensuring good tires (and the right type), wearing seatbelts, leaving enough stopping distance before vehicles ahead, not passing on solid yellow lines--don't worry about it.

If you don't like driving in mountainous country, however, avoid western Montana and other states with the Rockies unless you plan to stay in town all the time.
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Old 09-08-2006, 04:23 PM
 
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Default Also DUI best avoided in the mountains

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No worse than going off any highway and rolling down an embankment anywhere else.

Roads are designed well these days. People who are conscientious drivers--obeying speed limits, driving with weather conditions, not driving when conditions are real bad, ensuring good tires (and the right type), wearing seatbelts, leaving enough stopping distance before vehicles ahead, not passing on solid yellow lines--don't worry about it.

If you don't like driving in mountainous country, however, avoid western Montana and other states with the Rockies unless you plan to stay in town all the time.
I forgot to mention not driving while drunk and the like. You (the person asking about going off embankments) might enjoy (or not) this article today about a driver just arrested after crashing in Yellowstone NP. Check out

http://www.billingsgazette.net/news/wyoming/35-crash.txt (broken link)
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:05 PM
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Default driving in mountains

It doesn't happen often. Usually happens to someone who isn't paying attention. If the road is slick, snowy, icy. Go slow. Pay attention.
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks guys for your information
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:21 AM
 
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No worse than going off any highway and rolling down an embankment anywhere else.

Roads are designed well these days. People who are conscientious drivers--obeying speed limits, driving with weather conditions, not driving when conditions are real bad, ensuring good tires (and the right type), wearing seatbelts, leaving enough stopping distance before vehicles ahead, not passing on solid yellow lines--don't worry about it.

If you don't like driving in mountainous country, however, avoid western Montana and other states with the Rockies unless you plan to stay in town all the time.

I was told that Speed Limits are as high as 75! Is that true?
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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I was told that Speed Limits are as high as 75! Is that true?
All of the Interstate is 75 except in particular areas in the mountains where there are sharp curves and such.

Most all secondary highways are 65.

As far as secondary roads are concerned, there is guard rail to keep you from going over the edge, on curves. Usually. There are some places that there is no guardrail.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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You are less likely to drive off the cliff in the mountains, than you are to be involved in a serious accident on a freeway in a major city. The city freeway is far more dangerous to drive. Not only do you have to watch your own driving on the city freeway, but you have to watch some of the craziest drivers around you.

Just don't get in a hurry in the mountains, watch what you are doing, and don't take chances is the best advice for driving in the Rockies.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:38 PM
 
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You are less likely to drive off the cliff in the mountains, than you are to be involved in a serious accident on a freeway in a major city. The city freeway is far more dangerous to drive. Not only do you have to watch your own driving on the city freeway, but you have to watch some of the craziest drivers around you.

Just don't get in a hurry in the mountains, watch what you are doing, and don't take chances is the best advice for driving in the Rockies.
Some people have a hard time doing that in a Walmart parking lot, no less The Rockies.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Drive across Skalkaho Pass SE of Hamilton. If you get across that you'll be fine.
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