Can you turn left on a red light in Montana?

There are few things that we were all taught when it comes to driving. Your hands need to be at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. Always look behind you as you are backing up.

Use your turn signals to let other drivers know your intentions. That it's legal to turn right on red BUT NOT left on red.

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Well it actually turns out that in Montana you can turn left on red and not be breaking the law.

My parents never taught me this when they were teaching me how to drive.

A father teaching his son how to drive

The reason is because it's a very specific scenario that allows you to turn left on red, and in my hometown, that scenario didn't exist.

Driving Laws in Montana

The website Driving breaks down what has to happen for you to legally be able to turn left on red.

Here is their exact wording,

In Montana, a motorist can do a left turn after stopping at a red light only from a one-way street onto another one-way street.

My hometown is pretty small and didn't have any one way streets, heck we didn't even have a stoplight until I was in high school, so I never learned this growing up.

There are plenty of one ways in Great Falls and other Montana towns that as long as you're being safe, you can turn left on red.

Driving Laws goes on to remind drivers,

...motorists need to follow the normal right-of-way rules and proceed with caution when making the turn.

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