Share the Road

6 May

As I was helping my farmer husband move some equipment today, it occurred to me that not everyone probably understands why all these big tractors are clogging up the roads this time of year. There you are, trying to get to work or the grocery store or the lake, and there’s a big behemoth of a rig in front of you…or coming at you. It takes up the entire road and only goes 15-20 miles per hour. What gives?!

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWell, please be patient. Farmers are just trying to do their jobs, too. You see, farmers take care of a lot of fields, but usually only have a couple tractors, one planter, one disc, one plow…you get the idea. So moving equipment from field to field is just part of the work schedule.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWhen you come up behind equipment, try to leave a few car-lengths between. Some of the implements can block the driver’s view and if you’re farther back, they can see you better. Most drivers will try to get over so you can pass.

Share the Road | The Farm Paparazzi

The same goes for folks driving the opposite direction of the tractor. If possible, the equipment operator will get over so you can go by normally. But, please watch carefully. There might be an obstruction on the side of the road that prevents them from getting over. In that case, it would sure be swell of you to slow down and/or pull off until the machinery goes by.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziAnd while we’re on the subject, be sure to watch for big trucks on the road. Contrary to popular belief, those trucks can get going pretty fast. It’s the slowing down part that’s tricky. So, don’t pull out in front of straight trucks, semi-trucks and pick-ups hauling trailers. They might not get shut down in time to prevent a wreck.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWe all have jobs to do and things to get done. The more kind, courteous and patient we are with each other, the better for all of us.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. – 1 Timothy 6:18 (NIV)

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