I got behind a tractor pulling a big piece of equipment the other day on 259. The tractor could have pulled in the emergency lane at any time but instead, they chose to drive 20 mph for about 4 miles and backed up traffic for about 17 cars. I know farmers have to get from one place to another but aint there some etiquette in there somewhere?
Dear Getting Nowhere Fast,
Tractors, garbage trucks , funeral processions. These are the top three worst things to get behind on the road. Could be worse, you might be in the lead car of the funeral procession. I’ve actually had this question before and may have been the guy you were behind. Anyway, keep these things in mind when behind farm equipment: if said piece is taking up two lanes of the road, chances are there is not room on the roadside for said piece to get out of your way. Tractor tires can cost as much as $3,000 each; a broken signpost or road tile in the ditch could cost $6,000 (front and back tires) if run over-- likely causing the driver to be apprehensive about pulling off into a 3’ ditch.
As much as farmers have to do these days, they want to get to where they are going just as fast as you do. Just remember where food comes from the next time you’re behind one and practice patience because it could always be worse. You could live where there are twelve lanes of traffic jammed up for 27 miles, three times everyday.
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