Rural Road Safety impacts everyone. Motor vehicle and farm equipment crashes are five times more likely to result in a fatality. The information below will help you protect yourself and others.
Driving is one of the riskiest things people do, and many people are on the road and in a hurry. America’s rural roadways are not equipped for accelerated speeds and can present several safety hazards.
Rural roads can be narrow and winding, constructed of gravel, and have unguarded intersections and railroad crossings.
Thirty-six percent of farmers spend an estimated 50 hours a year moving equipment on public roads. Most paved roads are 18 to 20 feet wide and 70 percent of the machinery is more than 13 feet wide.
As a result, motorists could encounter large farm equipment moving slowly from field to field and taking up a large portion of roadway.
Both motorists and farmers must be prepared to share rural roads. The tips on the other side of this handout will help both types of drivers protect themselves and others on the road.
Keep in mind that leaving home a little earlier and allowing more time to make it to a destination is the best way to ensure that drivers, passengers and other vehicle operators are able to safely share the road.
Source: The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Nationwide Agribusiness, Farm Safety For Just Kids
Rural fatalities accounted for 55 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2010, despite only 19 percent of the U.S. population living in rural areas –
*Source Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
*Source: Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
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