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Adults and teens can develop skills to respond safely to driving risks at Montana DRIVE workshops, on track in Lewistown, MT since 1979.

The Summer 2018 schedule and registration for the Montana DRIVE adult workshops will be announced in February 2018.  One-day adult workshops begin in early June and end in mid-August. Registration for the Teen Workshops (one-day workshops offered for three days in July 2018) will be announced in March 2018.

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The one-day workshop includes two hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel maneuvers on a closed raceway track near the Lewistown Airport. Each workshop is limited to 12 drivers with 4 instructors, so every driver benefits from individual attention and has hours of hands-on practice behind the wheel of the Skid car and/or school bus, King Cab truck, or ambulance. Drivers learn to respond safely to typical driving risks, gaining confidence and skill.

I was driving home to Great Falls from Missoula on Highway 200. In a hurry, I decided to pass another vehicle on the two-lane road. The problem was, there was black ice on the road and as I pulled into the other lane the back end of the truck started fishtailing to the left. I immediately let off the gas, gripped the wheel, prayed fervently and pointed the truck straight down the highway as I had been taught in your workshop. Thankfully the back end swung back, but then it started fishtailing in the other direction.

Again, I repeated what I had learned in the driving course, pointing the vehicle straight down the highway without any gas or brake, stared vehemently at a distant point in the middle of the road, and thankfully the back end swung back into line and the vehicle recovered. I about passed out it was so scary. But I avoided spinning out twice in about 2 seconds on an icy two-lane road. Looking back on it, there is no question the training offered in Lewistown saved me from what could have been a disaster. 

-- Fred, State of Montana Safety Trainer


Montana DRIVE Workshop Mission

The mission of the Montana DRIVE program is to enhance driver risk management through in-vehicle training and education services to schools, governments, businesses and the general public. The workshops contribute to this by:

  1. increasing the participant’s awareness of driving risks;
  2. identifying driver and vehicle limitations;
  3. providing practice in driving behaviors that anticipate and manage risks;
  4. providing confidence-building opportunities to successfully manage critical situations; and
  5. encouraging and practicing "every time" use of occupant protection measures.