According to Transport Canada, two-thirds of fatal collisions and 30 percent of injury crashes occur on rural roads. What makes rural roads risky? One factor is drivers’ inexperience sharing the road with large farm vehicles.
Tips For Safely Sharing The Road
Drive defensively. Especially during planting and harvest seasons. You should always be prepared to meet farm vehicles while travelling on rural roads.
Decelerate. Farm vehicles often travel at slow speeds. To reduce the risk of a collision, begin braking once you see the slow-moving vehicle emblem. Also stay a safe distance back-around 15 metres.
Pass carefully. Consider the standard precautions: Wait for a good passing zone, watch for oncoming traffic, signal and return for the lane when the vehicle is within your rear view mirror. Wait to pass until the driver pulls over and signals that it’s safe if the vehicle is extra-wide.
Yield. Offer a wide farm vehicle the correct-of-way when it’s travelling the opposite direction. Farm vehicles can’t always pull over to the road’s shoulder safely. When possible, pull into the shoulder or into a turnout to allow the farm vehicle to pass.
Show patience. A driver may seem to be pulling to the right to let you pass when she or he is actually setting up a wide left-hand turn. Before speeding past, look for driveways, roads or fields where the vehicle could be entering. Also check for hand gestures or lights signaling the driver’s intention to make.
Take a second look. Be certain your path is apparent in all directions, before you pull into an intersection or make a proceed to pass. Tall crops can produce blind corners, and farm vehicles could enter the roadway from unmarked access drives in fields.
Know the basics. Following the speed limit and wearing your safety belt is just as important in the country as it is on city streets.