Logging trucks (North Road only):
These trucks can be very dangerous! And when one of these
huge trucks passes you, NEVER NEVER STOP your vehicle on the
side of the road to wait for the dust to settle down. Keep
going slow instead. Another of these trucks might be
somewhere behind you ... At least one person got killed by
this situation (1998).
Other traffic: Of the road is dry, expect a complete
whiteout after a truck passes you. Slow down and pull to the right as far as you
can safely go. This will help preserve your front windshield, as well as keep
you out of the way if the oncoming driver does not pull over to their side of
the road far enough. Generally speaking, the truckers to be very considerate of
the other vehicles on the road. It's the occasional passenger vehicle and pickup
truck being driven by a maniac that are the problem. Watch for graders that are
continually working on the road.
Flat tires: The
North Road is "a tire eater road"! If you drive
something heavy like an SUV or a full-size pick-up truck, it is a must to have 6
ply tires. In summer, the road surface temperature can be quite high. This high
temperature can literally chew up and destroy your tires. In about 75% of the
cases of flat tires along here, the tire is not any good afterwards. If you have
a flat tire on this road and there are logging trucks traveling up and down, try
as much as possible to stop your vehicle for repairs on one of the numerous
small side road entrances, out of the way, your tire is possibly kaput anyway.
One person got injured in the summer of 2000 when a truck drove by while he was
changing his flat tire. He was hit on the ribs by a ball sized rock that came
from underneath the truck!
It is worth
repeating: These are VERY REMOTE ROADS. Do not
approach a trip along the
Trans-Taiga Road lightly. The far eastern end of the
Trans-Taiga Road is about
765 km (475 miles) from the nearest town!
Driving the North Road
& Driving the
Trans-Taiga Road first before traveling up here.