Beware Dust from Road Trains
by Terry O'Callaghan
Two weeks ago I drove along the Fairfield Leopold Road from Fitzroy Crossing to Windjana NP and did not expect to meet any road train on this 4 tonne limit road.
We in fact met two road trains coming in the opposite direction and one in particular was travelling at a fast speed and came around a bend and down into a dry creek dip creating a dust cloud that made it impossible for me coming the other way to see ahead as I was driving up out of the dip.
I braked to a stop and let the dust settle until I could see ahead and I was worried someone may have been following me and ran into the rear of my vehicle.
My advice is to not believe road limits and make a slow entry when driving around a bend and not being able to sight oncoming traffic.
On the Gibb I did find about 60% of vehicles coming in the opposite direction did slow when I slowed to around 20 km per hour and this minimised the dust. The rest needed a lesson in road courtesy where dust and stones are a problem.
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