Headlights and seatbelts are required on NWT highways and community roads. Speed limits on our highways vary, depending on conditions, from 70 km to 100 km/hr. Speed limits are radar-enforced.
With the exception of the highway to Yellowknife from Alberta, our highway surfaces are hard-packed gravel. Conditions are similar to paved roads; however, rain and loose gravel can create treacherous patches, and dust can be a problem. Reduce speed and pull to the right when meeting oncoming cars or trucks.
This is wilderness. Plan ahead for your drive to the Northwest Territories. Carry a good spare tire, jack, water, insect repellent, flares and a first aid kit. In winter, add sand or cat litter for traction, a shovel, blankets, candles, matches, high-calorie snacks, extra clothing, gloves and a sleeping bag for each person in the vehicle.
If you have car trouble, don't hesitate to flag down a passing vehicle. NWT drivers are usually willing to assist, and large trucks can radio for help. If you have an accident, report it to the RCMP in the nearest community. Cell phone service is only available in our larger communities, and is supplied by a Bell affiliate.