Smile and Wave.

Paige McFarland
Intern

We live in a society where people are always in a hurry. They often speed by farm implements on the roads at dinner time and honk, maybe because they’re in a hurry to get to their dinner reservation. But do they realize that farmer hasn’t eaten yet because he is doing everything he can to put food on our tables?

I’m sure we’ve all either been stuck behind a farm implement on the road, or been driving the farm implement other people were stuck behind. With wheat harvest and the growing season for fall crops both in full swing, there are more and more implements on the roads. As a reminder to all the drivers: use the three C’s- be cautious, courteous and use common sense.

Be cautious– Farmers don’t like using highways and they avoid highways as much as possible. BUT it is legal to drive farm machinery on public roads and it’s often the only way farmers can get from field to field. The most important thing you can do when approaching a large piece of equipment traveling down the road is to SLOW DOWN. Most times there will be a slow moving vehicle sign on the back to let other drivers know that they are going slower than 25 mph. For this reason, it is important to be paying attention at all times.

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Slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the tractor. This sign is required on vehicles moving slower than 25 mph.

Be courteous– This reminds me of the song “International Harvester”

Well I know you got your own deadline
But cussing me won’t save you no time Hoss
But this big wheel wide load ain’t going any faster
So just smile and wave and tip your hat to the man up on the tractor”

Use common sense
-Give yourself plenty of distance to pass, before passing make sure they are not turning.

-Bigger equipment takes longer to speed up and slow down. If you don’t want to be stuck behind one that DOES NOT mean you should pull out right in front of them.

– Be extra careful at night- farm equipment is not required to have the same lighting

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A truck passes a tractor on the highway. Tractors are not required to drive on the shoulder.

 Most of all- slow down, enjoy the season and drive safe. Don’t forget to smile and wave and tip your hat to the man up on the tractor! 🙂

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