Reminder – drive safely on our highways and winter roads

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — March 14, 2023

The month of March is a busy time for travel in the territory with increased traffic on our highways and winter roads. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) reminds residents and commercial drivers to drive safely, keep a close eye on weather conditions and be prepared for unexpected challenges.

Drivers should follow posted speed limits and adjust their speed to the road and weather conditions. In poor conditions, drivers should leave at least four seconds of space between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead, always giving larger vehicles like trucks and buses more space. Drivers are reminded to only pass a vehicle when permitted, keeping a safe following distance behind the vehicle they intend to pass.

On winter and ice roads, check the weight restrictions before travelling. On the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road, it is recommended that all vehicles have a LADD 1 radio channel and call out their direction of travel on bridges and major hills.

Some other safe winter driving tips the GNWT asks residents and commercial drivers to keep in mind include:

  • When travelling long distances, be prepared with a winter survival kit, extra fuel and a spare tire.
  • Make sure that every passenger in the vehicle has warm winter clothes available.
  • Before you leave, tell someone your travel plans – when you’re leaving, what route you’ll be taking and when you plan on arriving.

If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 for police or medical assistance. Please remember cellular service is limited or non-existent along some sections of NWT highways and winter roads and that longer emergency response times can be expected.

We remind residents that it is an offence under the Criminal Code to drive a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.



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Department of Infrastructure

Government of the Northwest Territories