Gas Usage Drops
7% In Montana

Submitted by Emily Lamb

Rising gas prices and high inflation rates are changing driving habits across America. Our team of analysts found that Montana drivers are using 7% fewer gallons of gas than they did in 2021.

Our full report on driving habits and the most gas guzzling states is available at the link: https://quotewizard.com/news/gas-guzzling-states 


Key Findings for Montana:


  • Drivers are using 149,000 fewer gallons of gas each day than in 2021
  • Average driver now

uses 411 gallons of gas

every six months

  • Montana is the most gas guzzling state

New Home Owners

Courtesy of

First American Title Company – Libby


Our very own Miranda Phoenix and her husband Craig purchased their first home on July 27. A real Dream come true for these two.

“We are Thrilled and could not have made this dream a reality without the awesome team at FATCO” says Miranda Phoenix.


Miranda and Craig holding Welcome sign outside of their new home-Photo Courtesy of First American Title Company-Libby

Stay Safe Cold Water Can Be Deadly

Submitted by Montana FWP


Montana has experienced six boating fatalities this year alone due to high water and cold temperatures. Even with summer temperatures, Montana has cold water year-round and it’s important to remember that cold water can be deadly.

If you are recreating on or around water, remember to wear a life jacket and always tell someone where you are going and when you plan on returning.

Here are the phases of cold-water immersion:

Cold Shock (initial entry to 5 minutes): Gasping for breath and hyperventilation are natural reactions to cold water. Try to get your breathing under control and avoid panicking.

Cold Incapacitation and Swim Failure (5 to 30 minutes): During this time, you will lose dexterity and grip strength. Cooling of arms and legs impairs the ability to swim. Even the best swimmers cannot continue to function in cold water.

Hypothermia: Cooling of the body’s core temperature eventually results in loss of consciousness. How quickly hypothermia sets in depends on the water temperature, body type, clothing and behavior. Always seek medical attention right away.

High water is dangerous. Montana is experiencing extremely high water, so if you plan to float on the lakes and rivers this summer, always remember to wear a life jacket. Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to have time to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.

Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for your water activity and fits properly. A life jacket that is too large or too small does not do a good job of keeping you safe. Also remember that just wearing a life jacket does not protect you in all circumstances. Always know the conditions where you are heading, be prepared, and consider other locations as needed.

Check the weather, including the water temperature. Know the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out and keep a regular check for changing conditions. Always dress for the weather, wearing layers in cooler weather, and bring an extra set of clothes in case you get wet.

Cary safety gear and know how to use it.  Boating unprepared can have dangerous consequences. Sometimes it’s just better not to go; boat another day.