Watch out for farm equipment on rural roads

March 25, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 24, 2014 at 10:25 p.m.

With spring planting right around the corner, farmers will soon take their place in the driver's seat.

"If you haven't seen farmers on the roads yet, chances are you will soon," said Victoria County Farm Bureau President George Hood. "We ask that you use caution and be patient when sharing the road with farm traffic."

While farm equipment has reflectors on display to increase visibility so drivers can recognize slow-moving vehicles, drivers are advised to remain alert and watch for farm vehicles on rural roads.

Top speeds for tractors are around 20 to 25 miles per hour, Hood said.

"It may seem slow and bothersome to other drivers, but those farmers are working, too. It takes farm machinery a while to get from one field to the next," he said.

Hood also noted that farmers are using bigger equipment to save time and money while using less fuel. However, the larger equipment takes up more road space, he said.



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