Safe Driving Through the Shire of East Pilbara
The Shire of East Pilbara covers some 371,696 square kilometres with a large proportion held in pastoral leases. Apart from perimeter and paddock fencing, these leases remain unfenced. As a consequence stock are often found on and adjacent to the many roads which pass through them.
Due care needs to be taken when driving through the Shire especially at night. Straying stock and wildlife are often found on roads located throughout the Pilbara, especially along the Great Northern Highway and Marble Bar Road. If an animal appears on the road in front of you, brake firmly in a stralight line and sound your horn. Do not swerve and aim to pass behind the animal.
Driving through Bush Fires
When driving through the Pilbara in summer time you may encounter wild bush fires. The flames and smoke from these fires can be very hazardous to motorists. If driving through or near a bush fire or smoke remember that wildlife may be panicked and fleeing the area. Animals may flee the area to the roadway which will present an increased risk to hitting wildlife and stock. There may also be emergency personnel and vehicles on-site.
If you encounter a fire slow down and look out for people, vehicles and animals. Turn your headlights on, close windows and outside vents.
If you cannot see clearly stop your vehicle and ensure you are not on the the road. Put on your hazard lights and headlights. Wait until the smoke clears before continuing your journey.
Remember to always drive to the conditions of the road
When travelling on outback highways always turn your CB Radio on and tuned to Channel 40 - Do not engage in lengthy conversations, if you intend to have long talks, change to a different channel.
Large oversize trucks frequently travel up and down the Great Northern Highway and Marble Bar Road. All of these vehicles will have a pilot vehicle in front of the heavy vehicle who alerts other road users that a large and oversize truck is about to pass. In some instances a Main Road Vehicle Escort is required, this is when a truck is carrying a load that is to wide to safely drive on roads otherwise. When encountering any of these escorts slow down and follow instructions issued by the pilots and escort drivers. All communications between trucks, pilots and other road users will be on UHF Channel 40.