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Northern Travel Guidelines

What to look out for when driving in Northern Canada

When traveling in more remote areas, for example Northern BC, the Yukon, or Alaska, it is important to adjust your driving.


Prevent Windshield Damages on Gravel Roads

  • Keep a safe distance to the vehicle in front of you
  • Slow down or, if possible, pull over to the side when vehicles are approaching, which greatly reduces the chances of flying rocks hitting your windshield at high speeds

Prevent excessive Tire Wear on Gravel Roads

  • Reduce your speed to maximum 60 km/h (37 mp/h)
  • On rough gravel roads (such as the dempster Hwy), we recommend activating the 4-Wheel Drive (4 High) which can significantly reduce tire wear. See detailed 4x4 operation instructions below.
  • Frequent swerving to avoid potholes is far more likely to damage your tires than slowly driving through them

Adhere to Road Restrictions

Some restrictions are in place for travelling on certain roads in Canada. Non-public roads and off-road driving is prohibited at all times. Find all restricted roads in our terms and conditions


Truck Campers: Check Camper Tie-Downs

For Truck Campers only:

On rough gravel roads, there is an increased chance of the camper shifting inside the truck box as a result of road bumps and vibration. Frequently check the camper tie-downs for proper tension. Fasten any loose tie-downs immediately.

Truck Campers: 4x4 Operation Instructions

For Truck Campers only:

To engage 4x4, simply turn the 4WD dial from 2H to 4H. This can be performed while driving at speeds less than 70km/hr. A message will appear on the dash reading “4x4 shift in process”. The shift itself will take a few moments to engage and you can proceed to drive as normal.

For better traction and to prevent excessive tire wear - Please consider using 4H in the following circumstances:

  • Wet, slippery roads
  • Icy, and snowy road conditions
  • Loose gravel, shale, and dirt roads.

When returning to a dry, paved road, return the vehicle to 2H. While driving on dry, paved roads, the additional traction provided by the 4H setting can cause damage to the drive train and tires.

Never drive in the 4L setting. This setting is meant to provide maximum traction and is only meant to be used at speeds of less than 5km/h. This setting can cause significant damage to the drive train if not used correctly.

Tire Changes / Tools

In the event of a flat tire, we highly recommend having a professional service remove the damaged tire and replace it with the provided spare. However, we acknowledge that in isolated areas, particularly in Northern Canada, this may not always be an option.

In each Fraserway provided pickup truck, there is a full tire change set, located under or behind the rear seats of the cab. This set includes:

  • 1x jack
  • 1x tire iron
  • 1x set of jack handles (3x individual bars connecting)
  • 1x instruction sheet
  • 1x full spare tire – located underneath the truck bed

When on rough, uneven, narrow gravel roads find an even, level spot. If you need to drive some distance, it is recommended to do so, even if that may damage the tire any further. It is better to change it in a safe, level spot.

Please follow the instructions closely and take reasonable precautions to ensure that your safety is not jeopardized.

General Recommendations

On rough roads, hold steering wheel loosely, steer gently, and avoid abrupt braking or acceleration.