It’s a common sight on Manitoba roads – a large piece of farm equipment, slowly making its way to the next field or the equipment shed. And too often, it leads to a collision with another vehicle sharing the roadway.
Motorists can easily be caught off guard, not aware of how much room the farm machinery takes up or how slowly it is moving. Farmers have a lot to think about too — not just making sure that motorists can see them, but also seeking out routes clear of low-hanging power lines or other obstructions.
A farm safety plan for moving farm equipment should include properly functioning lighting and signage, moving equipment during daylight, mapping out your route, ensuring there is no conflict with overhead lines, and a no-passenger rule.