Drivers, watch for farm machinery on the highway during harvest: SGI

Regina, SK (Aug. 11, 2022) – Harvest is underway in many parts of Saskatchewan and elsewhere. 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.

That’s another good reason that when you’re driving, you should avoid distractions and just drive. Keeping your attention focused on the road ensures you’ll be prepared for whatever you may encounter.

Other tips for sharing the road around farm equipment:

  • Farm machinery is slow moving, so you’ll come up on it quickly when driving at highway speeds.
  • You’re even more likely to see farm machinery on grid roads, which 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.  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.

Take care out there.

Over the past five years (2017-2021), 86 collisions involving farm equipment on Saskatchewan roads have resulted in 41 injuries and seven deaths.

About SGI CANADA

SGI CANADA is the property and casualty insurance division of SGI, offering products in five Canadian provinces. It operates as SGI CANADA in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, and also as Coachman Insurance Company in Ontario. Products are sold through a network of independent insurance brokers. For more information, visit www.sgicanada.ca.

Source: Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)

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