The OPP is reminding drivers to be aware of farm equipment on roads as the weather warms up.
“Regardless of who has the lawful “right of way”; a passenger car vs a farming tractor and a load of wagons will result in disaster!” said an OPP news release.
The OPP has a list of tips for driver to remember when they see farming equipment on the road:
- Recognize slow moving vehicles by the orange triangle and use caution.
- Realize that farm vehicles travel between 30-40 km/h. Slow down when you see farm equipment on the road and be prepared to stop.
- Watch for left turns. Not all farm vehicles have turn signals – watch for farmer’s signalling a turn using the same hand signals as a bicycle rider.
- Be aware that farmers with long or broad equipment sometimes need to make a wide turn. If a tractor swings right, be careful, it may be starting a left turn.
- The farmer may be unable to pull off the road due to equipment weight or shoulder issues. Wait for a safe opportunity to pass.
- Leave a wide berth when passing. Some farm equipment takes up more than one lane and some pieces of equipment have pieces protruding that can be hard to see.
- When finished passing, don’t stop or slow down in front of the farm vehicle. Large equipment can’t brake as quickly as a car
Remember farmers feed cities and in the words of Craig Morgan: “tip your hat and smile and wave to the man up on the tractor.”