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Be careful at harvest time

October 3, 2014
Estherville News

While some of the corn and soybean fields have been harvested, there is still plenty of crop in the field.

And that's a good reason for everyone to be extra careful when traveling Emmet County roads and highways.

While farmers driving combines and pulling wagons try to operate only during daylight hours - and with slow-moving-vehicle signs - there may occasionally be some operating when light isn't the best.

The best thing for all of us is to be as prepared as possible.

When passing another vehicle, don't assume the other driver sees you. Try to look ahead. Is there a mailbox pullout the driver might have to swerve around? If he does, is that going to give you enough room to pass?

Is there a bridge ahead? If so, it's probably wide enough for just one vehicle - the one you're passing. So it might be best to just wait.

And if you're getting ready to pass, is there another vehicle coming? Will you have enough time to get by? Remember, it's going to take extra time to pass a farm vehicle, particularly a tractor-wagon combination. So make sure you have plenty of time.

The same warnings go for oncoming vehicles. Is that farm vehicle you see ahead going to have to move into your lane to avoid a mailbox or other obstacle? If so, think and plan ahead.

Besides farm vehicles, look out for wide loads too, particularly on roads with little or no shoulder.

And also look out for the other guy - who may not be looking out for you.

By expecting the unexpected, we can avoid an accident that could cause serious injuries - or worse. We should never assume the other person sees us or will do what he or she is supposed to do.

Remember - a little extra caution now can help prevent a whole lot of grief later.



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