Autumn is finally here along with sunny days and slightly cooler nights. The trees have finally changed their colors. For families and teens, it’s time to plan a vacation and hit the roads before winter comes. For others, however, it’s the time of the year to harvest crops and encounter bigger, heavy equipment on the roads.
Drivers going to rural areas to attend autumn activities will likely to come across farm trucks. This is the reason road safety is important, especially during harvest season when sharing roads is necessary. Farmers, of course, have a significant role in road safety as well. Before you buy that farm equipment you desire, you may want to know how you can prevent some hazards when driving.
Make Sure Safety Lights are Working
Check if all lights and warning flashers are in good condition. Perform the necessary repairs or clean them before leaving the farm. Moreover, avoid wandering on public roads during at night. Slowing down on turns or looking out for potential hazards does not always mean safety during nighttime driving; in fact, some of collisions that involve slow-moving farm equipment and cars happen even during the day. Keep lights on, even in daytime.
Know When to Drive
By the time you go out, you should be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Most of the time, you will find yourself operating on highways between field and farm. Safety experts warn motorists not to drive on rural roads during rush hours, bad weather, or even before sunset. Reduce risks by avoiding stopping or pulling out onto a road in front of a moving traffic.
Inspect the Vehicle Thoroughly
Before operating heavy trucks on a public road, inspect the condition of your tires, find out if your slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign is visible, and check the load’s security and balance. For a long-haul travel, determine if your vehicle can reach remote destinations.
Driving farm equipment on public roads is a matter of life and death. Keep in mind these simple tips as you share the road with other motorists and be a step ahead of danger.