It’s the time of year when farm equipment hits the roadways again, and when slow moving vehicles share the road with motorists, OFA reminds everyone to remember the rules of the road and take the time to put safety first. When you see a slow moving vehicle (SMV) sign – remember to slow down and share the road.
When it comes to multi-vehicle collisions, motorists often collide with farm machinery that’s turning from a farm road on to a public roadway. Use lights, taillights and signals to make your equipment as visible as possible to other motorists. Always display your slow moving vehicle sign prominently on the back of your equipment. And take the extra time to wait for an opening onto a main roadway that will give you enough time to get on the road and be visible.
We can’t anticipate what other motorists will do, or how they’ll react to sharing the road this spring with farm equipment. Roads, bridges and traffic circles aren’t built to accommodate machinery and a lot more motorists are increasingly impatient around slow moving vehicles. So always start with safety. Be alert for drivers anxious to pass you at unexpected times. Use your lights. Share the road. And watch carefully as you turn onto public roadways and make left hand turns across traffic.
Safe roads and safe driving practices are important for everyone.
For more information on road safety, check out OFA’s webinar on road rules and requirements for farm equipment and read the farm implements on the road fact sheet.