Tips for driving on gravel highways:
- Approach bends, bridges, and other limited visibility spots slowly – vehicles may cross the centre line to straighten out a curve, or there may be wildlife on the road.
- Drive at a speed appropriate for the road conditions.
- Be aware that conditions on gravel highways can change dramatically during and after a heavy rain.
- Reduce speed when meeting other vehicles to minimize dust.
- Dust-free passing zones are located and posted on NWT highways.
- Travel with your headlights on at all times, especially on gravel in summer.
- Remove your foot from the accelerator just as you meet other vehicles to reduce the risk of throwing a rock in their direction.
- Red diamond markers on paved highways indicate a significant bump. Carry a good spare tire and first aid/emergency road kit – and don’t forget the bug repellent!
- Watch for wildlife, especially bison on Northwest Territories Highways #3,#5 and #7.
- Check before heading out for road conditions and construction.
Gravel highways in NWT (current 2010):
NWT Hwy #1 - Km 188 (junc Hwy #1 & #3) to Km 412 (junc Hwy #1 & #7)
total gravel = 224 Km
NWT Hwy #7 - Entire length (junc Hwy #1 & #7) to NWT/BC border
total gravel = 219 Km