Resource Road Driving

Resource Roads

The Resource Roads network across British Columbia like a spider web.  Over 400,000 kms of roads of various widths, lengths, materials and uses are largely unregulated and not enforced.

Resource roads fall into several broad categories: Forest Service Roads (known as FSR's), Petroleum Development Roads (known as PDR's), private roads, non-status roads, wilderness roads, spur roads, and permit roads.  

Resource road users, including tourists and recreation users, need to be aware that the level maintenance on these roads is variable. Surfaces can be rough, and poor visibility, creating line-of-sight issues.  We urge all resource road users to exercise caution when venturing out. Expect the unexpected. Even though there may not be active logging in an area, there may still well be industrial and other users out there - oil & mining exploration, silviculture, access to First Nations communities, and so on.

Follow these Resource Road Use Safety Tips:

  1. Follow the rules of the road. 
  2. Drive with your headlights on at all times.
  3. Stay on your own side of the road.
  4. If you have a radio, make sure you're on the right frequency and follow calling   procedures.  If not, follow a vehicle that has a radio.
  5. Expect the unexpected. Around any corner you can come up on another vehicle. 
  6. Have a safety check-in plan in place. There is no cell phone coverage on many of BC's resource roads, and help may not come for a while.
  7. Carry an emergency kit with you which includes food, water, and a way to keep warm. 
  8. Loaded industrial vehicles have the right of way. You need to pull over and wait until the loaded vehicle is cleared.
  9. Do not pass an industrial vehicle until that vehicle indicates that it is safe to do so. When passing, do so with caution. 
  10. Obey all speed controls. General speed limit is 60 km/hr
  11. Wear your seatbelt at all times.


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