SGI is reminding drivers to watch for farm machinery on the highway during harvest
With harvest underway in many parts of the province this week and into the coming weeks, drivers may encounter farmers using highways and grid roads to move their machinery from field to field.
Each year, there are a small number of collisions between motor vehicles and farm equipment. This type of collision is significantly more likely to result in an injury. In fact, over the past five years (2017-2021), 86 collisions involving farm equipment on Saskatchewan roads have resulted in 41 injuries and seven deaths.
This is another good reason for avoiding distractions while you are driving, and just drive. Keeping your attention focused on the road ensures you’ll be prepared for whatever you may encounter.
SGI has offered up some tips for sharing the road around farm equipment:
Farm machinery is slow moving, so you will come up on it quickly when driving at highway speeds.
The likelihood of seeing farm machinery on grid roads is significant at this time of year. Grid roads are narrower and offer drivers less space to pass.
Do not pass unless you're sure that it's safe to do so. Take it easy, slow down and enjoy the scenic country views if you can't safely get around the equipment until it leaves the road.
It's important to be patient and remember that the person driving or towing that farm equipment is likely moving it a short distance from one field to another.
Following too closely may put you in the farmer's blind spot. Hang back a bit.
The machinery may not have turn signals, so drivers preparing to pass farm equipment should make sure that the farmer isn't about to turn left into a field. Look down the road and anticipate where the farmer may be going.
When you do pass, give yourself plenty of space, because farm equipment can be deceptively long and wide.
Over the coming weeks, our province's agricultural producers are going to be working long days as they harvest their crops. If you like to eat, one way you can thank a farmer is by keeping them and their equipment safe on the roads.