Harvest Time Driving Safety

posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 in Dealer News

It's Harvest time.  Please be aware of the farm equipment on the road.

All drivers must stay awake, alert, and fasten their seat belts, but a defensive driver also avoids …

The 3 Major Highway Hazards…

  • Intersection collisions:  When approaching a intersection always assume that any cross traffic will not stop, until they prove otherwise.  When you stop at a stop sign, always plan to wait for the first vehicle before proceeding.
  • Passing collisions:  Be cautious, any time you try to save by making a “risky” pass may become “dead time”.
  • Rear end collisions:  Give plenty of room, at least one vehicle length per 10 MPH and even further when road conditions are poor.

The 2 major Off Highway Hazards…

  • Parking:  Always park your vehicle in plain view of others.  Never park behind another vehicle or machine.  (If they can’t see you they will probably hit you.)
  • Backing up:  Always check behind your vehicle before backing up.  Kids, pets, and even adults may be hidden in your blind spot.

The Number 1 Major Basin Hazard-Dust Storms…

Blowing dust across traffic routes is the most life threatening hazard you will encounter.  Here are the basic rules we expect you to follow when encountering such a situation…

  • Never drive into a dust storm you cannot see through--simply stop and wait for it to clear or find an alternative route around.  Do not, under any circumstances, drive into the storm.
  • If you approach a dust storm that has limited visibility but you feel safe in driving through, first check your following traffic before you enter.  Always stop and let nearby traffic go first so you have adequate clearance both ahead and behind in the event the visibility gets worse as you drive through.

Remember, in the game of driving a “tie” means you “lose”.