Patience Saves Lives During Harvests

Due to the increased size of farming equipment, it is becoming more and more dangerous to drive in rural areas. University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Todd Lorenz offers a few simple safety tips for motorists, most of which emphasize deliberate, patient, and cautious driving around rural areas. Among other things, he cautions that tractors require extra room to make turns and that a driver’s hearing may be impaired by the sound of the equipment. MU Extension safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch offers guidelines for farmers as well, including pulling over to the shoulder of the road whenever there is a buildup of traffic, and recommends having someone follow or precede the farmer to warn of incoming drivers. Find the entire list below.

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