Farm Vehicles Pose Big Danger

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

It's planting season for area farmers, so along with mini-vans and semi-trucks, prepare to share the road with tractors and combines, and most importantly prepare to slow down.

Most farm vehicles don't get above 25 miles an hour, so farmers like Gordy Mathwich ask motorists to simply slow down for them instead of immediately trying to pass them.

"When you are in farming country, you are in agricultural country, you are going to be slowed down, so prepare yourself," says Gordy.

Farm vehicles are required to have slow moving vehicle signs and flashing lights, but Captain Jeffrey Frenette says the main cause of accidents involving farm vehicles is a driver’s impatience.

"Patience in dealing with anything that you come upon on the highway, whether it's a farm implement or a stranded motorist, people need to slow down and be mindful of their driving behavior,” says Frenette.

Aside from slow moving vehicle signs and flashing lights, there are not too many requirements for farm vehicles on the road.

There is no minimum speed they have to reach and no size restriction, and even though many newer farm vehicles are equipped with seatbelts many of the older vehicles don't have safety restraints.

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