More homes being built in rural areas near farms equals the chance for more collisions between farm equipment and personal vehicles.
If you live, work or commute through an area populated with farm fields, drive with caution, especially during spring planting and fall harvest seasons.
A few rural road safety considerations:
- Slow down approaching intersections. Yield to look for oncoming traffic, with some crops 6 to 7 feet it may be hard to see oncoming traffic.
- Slow down as soon as you spot a piece of farm equipment. In fact, if you see something ahead that is neither car nor truck, slow down–at least until you have identified the object.
- Watch for flashing amber lights. This type of light often marks the far right and left of farm equipment. Also watch for reflective tape marking extremities and sides of equipment.
- Do not speed past farm machinery. Even when you may pass safely and legally, the turbulence created by your vehicle may cause the machinery to sway and become unstable.
- Do not pull out in front of slow moving vehicle and then slow suddenly. Farming Equipment doesn’t have the maneuverability of a regular vehicle and make sure you have ample space to pass.