The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding motorists to be on the lookout for slow-moving farm vehicles this autumn.
"Please remember that farmers are just doing their jobs when moving equipment from field to field," said Jon Nelson, chairman of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "It's important that we be patient and drive carefully around farm vehicles."
Motorists may not immediately recognize farm equipment on roadways or be aware of the hazards they present. Wide loads, as well as unfamiliar lighting and reflector locations on tractors and combines, can present special challenges to travelers who lack experience driving around farm equipment.
There are two common types of motorist and farm vehicle collisions: the rear-end and the left sideswipe. The rear-end collision occurs when the approaching motorist hits a farm vehicle from behind. The left sideswipe collision occurs when a passing motorist hits a farm vehicle that is attempting to make a wide left turn.
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends those driving around slow-moving farm machinery:
- Watch out for machinery on the road.
- Be patient.
- Always pass on the left and only when you have a clear sight distance.
- Wear your seatbelt put your phone down.