Vol. 1, No. 2

It’s vacation season! School is out and there are more cars on the road.

While it’s a busy time with vacation traffic, it is also a busy time in agriculture across TN and KY. Our farmers are planting crops, baling hay and beginning to move combines to prepare to harvest grain. Be mindful when you encounter farm equipment on the roads. Remember it isn’t by choice the equipment is moving at a pace below the speed limit as most tractors and combines cannot travel any faster than 25 miles per hour. The equipment is also so heavy that it can’t stop very quickly.

Some tips to remember as you travel during this time of year:

  • Don’t follow farm equipment too closely
  • Some farm equipment doesn’t have brake lights
  • Be patient, don’t crowd the equipment or try to pass. If you pass a tractor, just like passing a regular
    vehicle, give it plenty of room before changing lanes. Make sure you have plenty of room to pass without interfering with oncoming traffic.
  • Most farmers have escort vehicles that travel with larger equipment. It is never a good idea to pass between the escort and the tractor.

So remember to exercise patience and observe the rules of the road to keep everyone safe while enjoying your summer in Clarksville, Springfield, and beyond!

Thank you for taking a moment to read this installment of our law firm’s Safety Matters Series