Ice Road Truckers has arrived

Take a trip to Yellowknife, Canada to experience one of the most dangerous careers around on the new Channel Ten documentary series, Ice Road Truckers.

In extreme conditions, truck drivers haul equipment and supplies to miners in the Canadian tundra in the dead of winter on a 350-mile long highway of ice.

Every day the drivers hit the ice roads they are taking their lives into their hands.

One miscalculation of the road, bad weather or an unseen road hazard can mean the difference between life and death.

If a rig breaks through the ice and sinks into the freezing water, the driver has less then a minute before they will freeze to death.

Winter means big money for the drivers.

They push through brutal temperatures and drive on more dangerous roads than the rest of the year.

The short operating window, extreme arctic conditions and billions of dollars at stake combine for a high risk, high reward ice road season.

The job is not only risky, but it also has the extra pressure of an unforgiving delivery schedule.

The drivers have a short season and the clock is always ticking. They must deliver as many loads as possible before the ice roads melt.

There is no speed limit on the ice roads, but the drivers try to travel slowly, so that the vibrations from their engines don’t damage the ice and create hazards for the vehicles in front of and behind them.

No matter what the drivers’ experience is as an ice road trucker, taking frozen ocean roads north of the Arctic Circle is a unique and harrowing experience.

Watch as even the most seasoned truckers find themselves challenged by polar conditions, isolation and the lack of creature comforts.

Ice Road Truckers screens Saturdays at 6.30pm on Channel Ten.

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