Springtime can lead to more rural, farm vehicle accidents

Sometimes people enjoy driving on country roads because of the open air, the rolling fields and the lack of traffic. Pennsylvania has a lot of rural roads, and while driving on them is a different experience from encountering city traffic in Philadelphia, safety is still an important issue to be considered.
Last week the governor and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau teamed up to promote rural safety. While many assume driving on rural roads is a safe way to travel, 57 percent of car accident deaths in the U.S. take place on roads that are considered rural. A lot of those accidents involve agricultural equipment, according to the Southwest Farm Press.

A recent survey shows that many Americans don’t necessarily understand that danger of driving on rural roads. The survey showed that 69 percent of people reported feeling safe while driving in the city. But 79 percent said they felt safe while driving in rural areas. Clearly, it’s all a little backwards.
An employee of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety says that motorists have a false sense of security while driving in rural areas. They might think it’s okay to drive faster because there are less vehicles around. But in the springtime planting season, there are lots of farmers and machinery out and about.

Another problem is that nearby farmers may wrongly assume that warning signs or lights on their vehicles or equipment means that drivers will notice them. Sometimes the farmers aren’t wearing seatbelts, leading to more severe injury lawsuits in Ohio when accidents do occur.

Remember to keep your guard up and drive safely, whether you are driving in the city or out in the country.

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