The Alaska Highway is well-maintained. However, be aware that some areas are narrow and winding, and if you choose to travel the Cassiar Highway out of British Columbia, approximately 10 percent of this highway is still unpaved. Ongoing road maintenance in the summer months is almost a given.
As with any kind of travel, being prepared is important. Make sure you have a general emergency kit with you, as well as a small can of extra gasoline.
If you decide to travel in early spring or late fall, a set of chains is not a bad idea. Snow during these times of year is not unheard of, and can make for questionable road conditions. Cell phone service has improved in recent years, but remains intermittent throughout many areas of the highway.
- Alaska and Canada will honor a valid driver’s license from any state or country for 90 days after entry.
- Seat belts must be worn by all drivers and passengers while driving anywhere in Alaska, Yukon, B.C. and Alberta.
- All children under the age of four, regardless of weight, must ride in a federally approved child safety seat while traveling through Alaska. New laws in Canada require safety seats for all children under the age of eight, or children weighing less than 80 lbs (36kg).
- Turn your headlights on when driving the highway.
- Buckle up. It’s the law in Canada and Alaska.
- Watch carefully for wildlife, especially at night. Wildlife has the right-of-way in Alaska and Canada.
- Road condition updates and information about the Alaska Highway is available at (867) 456-7623 or (907) 273-6037. You can also find help at www.gov.yk.ca/roadreport or http://511.alaska.gov.