While our province’s landscape allows us to enjoy everything that nature offers, it also makes driving across it dangerous. Here are some of the most hazardous routes a driver may take in Alberta. If you are driving a heavy truck, it is essential to be aware and prepared.
Highway 9, from Chestermere to Beiseker
Due to circumstances such as heavy winds and drifting snow in the winter and excessive speed and poor road markings in the summer, this single lane, curving stretch of highway has a reputation for being dangerous in all seasons. Low visibility of the road ahead, even in full daylight, contributes to incidents and accidents on several S curves. Therefore, you need regular fleet maintenance in case an unexpected storm occurs.
Highway 1, Banff to the BC border
While the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway has helped, the route’s popularity among visitors means there is always heavy traffic. This is challenging in the best of circumstances, but when steep mountain roads are mixed with sudden snowfall or rain, unpredictable wildlife on the road, and the impatience of vacation drivers, it may be disastrous. We suggest regular engine diagnostics to prevent any accidents in the future.
Highway 2, through Alberta
Highway 2 stretches from the American border north to Edmonton before branching west toward Grande Prairie, making it a backbone of provincial traffic. Many of the vast, flat sections of the grassland are prone to strong windstorms, hail, and blizzards in the winter, but it’s a relatively comfortable ride in the warm summer months with decent weather. Still, regular check-ups never hurt anyone; it is better to be safe than sorry.
Highway 63, north of Edmonton towards Ft McMurray
The high number of crashes that result in deaths has earned the unpleasant moniker “Highway of Death,” and despite twinning a piece of it, it’s still one of the most dangerous highways globally. Hopefully, this piece of information comes in handy and raises greater awareness for heavy truck drivers who need to keep a watchful eye on things constantly.
Find a Heavy Truck Shop in Calgary
Before hitting the road, find a CVIP certified mechanic in Calgary to keep your fleet safe and compliant with provincial standards. Accurate Mechanical and Welding can conduct a thorough CVIP examination on commercial vehicles that exceed the gross vehicle weight limit set by Alberta Transportation. Our expert personnel will keep your commercial vehicles in conformity with federal and provincial standards to ensure they function safely in Alberta.