Road Safety

FAQs

Q
What is the maximum speed limit on a gravel road?
A
Under ideal conditions, the maximum posted speed limit on gravel roads is 90 km/h. To be safe, reduce your speed, increase your following distance and scan the road 12-15 seconds in front of you.
Q
What do I do if my vehicle is skidding out of control?
A
If your vehicle is skidding out of control, it is important to remain calm. Release your accelerator or brake, look where you want to go and steer in that direction.
Q
Can I drive in the middle of a gravel road?
A
Driving in the middle of a gravel road is permitted, as long as there are no other vehicles on the road. If an oncoming vehicle approaches, you must move to the right side of the road to allow for both vehicles to pass safely.
Q
What do I do when a vehicle approaches me from the opposite direction?
A
If a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, reduce your speed and move as far right as possible to allow enough room for both vehicles to pass. If the gravel road is very narrow, you may need to stop and let the other vehicle pass.
Q
Who can I contact for more information on gravel roads?
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If you have questions about gravel roads and want to know more information, call Manitoba Public Insurance's Road Safety Department at 1-888-767-7640 (toll-free), or in Winnipeg, call 204-985-8737.