IRT Deadliest Roads

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tense reality spin-off offers thrills, plus rough behavior.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights the challenges that come with running cargo to remote places in the world, including managing in an unfamiliar culture.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The truckers use bravery and skill to navigate the roads. Lisa Kelly is assumed to be the first female truck driver in India. On the down side, Rick Yemm doesn’t always speak respectfully about his host country while driving.


The threat of fatal accidents is constant. Stock footage shows trucks falling off narrow roads; computer animation shows what can happen when things go wrong. One trucker collides with other cars, causing minor damages. Occasionally the truckers come across fatal crash sites (blood is visible). One trucker is afraid of getting attacked by angry mobs of people.


One driver claims that some Indian drivers are “retarded” and “stupid." Curse words like “f--k” and “s--t” are used frequently but are completely bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking beer. Cigarette smoking is frequently visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Ice Road Truckers spin-off follows drivers as they run cargo through the dangerous Indian Himalayan highways. The threat of fatal accidents is constant, and computer graphics illustrate what these tragedies would look like. The show contains some salty language (“s--t,” “f--k”) that is fully bleeped, as well as cigarette smoking and references to drinking beer. Some characters make insulting comments about Indian drivers.

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Adult Written bycbntz December 11, 2011

Shame on the History Channel and IRT Deadliest Roads

My son loves trucks so naturally the show's red trucks caught attention while flipping channels. It only took 2 min for me to realize this has to be the du... Continue reading

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What's the story?

IRT DEADLIEST ROADS follows ice road truckers driving through the ancient trade routes of the Himalayas. Drivers Lisa Kelly, Alex Debogorski, and Rick Yemm leave the frozen terrain of North America to risk their lives running cargo through India’s historically dangerous mountain highways. Each driver, accompanied by a local Indian spotter, must complete their runs in wooden trucks designed to be driven on the left side of the road. They must also contend with unrelenting heat, language barriers, and local driving customs. It’s a challenge that will shake their confidence, but an experience that will stay with them forever.

Is it any good?

The series, which is a spin-off of the reality hit Ice Road Truckers, features the same kind of harrowing excitement that its sister show is known for. But what makes this show even more entertaining to watch is its focus on how the drivers navigate their way through an unfamiliar culture as well as the unfamiliar roadways.

The cast’s interaction with their Indian counterparts often leads to some lighthearted moments. The attention that Kelly receives as a female truck driver may also elicit a chuckle or two. But throughout it all, viewers are never allowed to lose sight of the fact that these drivers are facing some very real dangers. IRT fans will definitely enjoy the tension-filled moments, but the show isn’t for everybody. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons that people decide to do a job like this. Why do you think people choose to risk their lives for work? Is it the challenge? Money? Or is there something else that motivates them? 

  • Do you think jobs like this are as dangerous as these reality shows make them out to be? Or are they made to seem especially dangerous for the cameras?

  • Why are most truck drivers men? Do you think that it's more difficult for a woman to become a licensed truck driver? Why or why not?

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