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September 17, 2010

Sharing The Road!

I have spent my fair share of time moving equipment from field to field!  I have traversed a lot of county roads, state roads, US highways, sat at stop lights in tractors and quite honestly my palms still get a little sweaty - I am always worried about the other drivers on the road with me!

There are several kinds of  "other" drivers that come to mind:

The Weaver - He is the car behind me that is absolutly positive I don't know he is back there!  He weaves from side to side like he is a Nascar driver warming up his tires for the big race.  Quite frankly he annoys me - I want to stop in the middle of the road and go back to his car and say "I SEE YOU AND WHEN I SEE A GOOD PLACE TO PULL OVER AND LET YOU AROUND I WILL BUT UNTIL THEN COULD YOU PLEASE STOP WEAVING YOU ARE MAKING ME DIZZY!"

The Stunned - He is the car coming at you that suddenly realizes how big the equipment is coming at him and freezes - right there in the middle of his lane, not moving, just staring at you!  He usually comes at an inconvient place where there is a sign, telephone pole, mail box on your side of the road and you can't pull off in the ditch.

The Insane - This is the guy who is in the back of the line - a couple cars in front of him and then you in the tractor - he doesn't weave or think twice he just guns it and goes flying around the cars and then around the equipment and tractor - most of the time he is in the ditch - he just wants around!  I have had this happen to me twice - it literllay scares the crap out of me - I truly wonder what is going thru his mind while he does this!

Then there are my favorites:
These are the cars that see you coming and pull off or slow down which allows me to pass over pull over in a safe spot and let them by.
The car that comes up behind you and stays a reasonable distance back and patiently waits for a chance to pass.

I know everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going - so are we!

Leadership Johnson County had a group project called Johnson County Road Safety Awareness Campaign - Share the Yield - they had signs posted around the county and a big bill board on US 31.

This was an awesome project!


  1. That program sounds great
    I am chicken to drive those big Tractors or move big equipment. I the flagger if they need one to help move.

  2. AMEN!!!!! We need that up here in Benton County! Our newly paved roads (via the aftermath of the windmill construction that totally destroyed most of what was a paved road around here) are great, BUT they were built ON TOP of the old roads! That means there is a good 4-8 inch drop off in most places from the road to the ditch. Some roads were widened, or so it seems because there is nothing but steep ditches where there used to be space to pull over. It's going to be a crazy harvest for everyone until they realize where the road is and isn't!

  3. Great post. Love the description of the weaver... so true!

  4. Your descriptions were dead-on. What a great safety lesson!

  5. Nice post!!

    This is one of my biggest pet peeves as a farmer. Why do I need to move a ginormous machine into the ditch when there is a driveway within a few feet of us that you can safely pull into for a minute until I pass?

    I wish more people were respectful of the road! There are some amazing people out there though, like your "favorite people" and we definitely can't forget about them :)

    I made a graphic over at my blog about sharing the road that became quite popular this fall! You should come check it out at www.oldbluesilo.com

    Have a safe week!