It's harvest time in Nebraska, which means proceeding with extra caution as you drive local highways and rural roads.
Harvest season is upon us. This harvest season, it is important to remind motorists to keep a watchful eye for slow-moving farm vehicles. Being patient, driving carefully, and respecting boundaries are all equally important when driving around farm vehicles.
It’s important that we as drivers be patient and give the farmers and farm workers the space they need, so we can all reach our destinations safely.
The most common collisions occur when the approaching motorist hits a farm vehicle from behind (rear-end collision), or when a passing motorist hits a farm vehicle that is attempting to make a wide left turn (left sideswipe).
Please remember these simple tips when driving around slow-moving farm machinery:
Be mindful that it’s harvest season and keep an eye out for machinery.
Be patient and remember that farmers are just doing their jobs.
Always pass on the left and only when you have clear sight distance that oncoming vehicles are not coming.
Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense in any traffic crash.
Pay full attention to the road and put your cell phone down.
By doing these things all of us as motorists and our farming community members can work together to have a safe and successful drive to our destination as well as a safe and successful harvest season.