I could say there are very few things in life that get under
my skin and drive me crazy, but that would be an outright lie.
If there is something I don’t agree with, such as
considering a tomato a fruit, when it clearly is a vegetable, I usually am
pretty quick at making my feelings clear.
One of my biggest pet peeves is people who don’t understand
the importance of safely sharing the roadway with farm machinery.
Maybe it’s due to the fact that I grew up around agriculture
my entire life, but whenever I see a tractor or a combine coming on the road I’m
driving on, I will slow way down and move off toward the side of the road as
much as I possibly can.
Even if I am on a country road following a tractor, I refuse
to pass the machinery unless the operator personally waves me on.
Not only is this the safest thing for both myself and the
operator of the farm equipment, but in my opinion, it also serves as a sign of
respect of farmers, letting them know that you appreciate what they are doing
day in and day out to help feed the world.
I know not everybody shares these same thoughts, and it’s
evident when I witness a farmer in a huge combine have to swerve last second to
avoid hitting a car that couldn’t wait a second longer to pass, but I do believe
everybody — and not just those associated with the agriculture sector — should
be concerned about their own safety.
According to the 2012 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary, which
recently was published by the Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Purdue
University, there were nine farm-related motor vehicle accidents last year with
This number does not reflect other incidents that occurred
between motor vehicles and farm equipment last year where, while there may have
been no fatalities, injuries may have been sustained.
I know everybody is in a hurry to get from Point A to Point
B, but it never is worth paying the ultimate price of losing a life.
Three of the nine fatal incidents last year involved motor
vehicles colliding with combines at intersections. The fact of the matter is
there is no way an individual can’t see a giant combine coming down a road, the
issue that the public needs to address to driving smartly around the farm
equipment and just being patient.
The operators of the farm machinery are just trying to get
to work safely like the drivers in their motor vehicles.