About 70 years ago, my grandmother, Sarah Bolluyt, was severely injured in a car accident. It happened at an intersection where tall corn obstructed the ability to see if another vehicle was approaching. My grandfather was driving but was not injured when their car collided with another at the intersection.
My grandmother was transferred to a Minneapolis hospital where she died several days later. If the accident would have happened today, she probably could have survived. It was a devastating time for my mother and her brothers along with their families.
The reason I bring this up is because obstructed views are still common in our rural areas. Setbacks for fields have helped but if driving a little faster, it could be too late to see who is coming. We need to be aware as we come to an intersection and slow down enough until we can see clearly in both directions.
Another potential danger at an intersection or on the main road is large farm equipment. These can occupy a large portion of the road and get in the way of vehicles they meet. We need to ‘share the road’ enough to keep everyone safe. Pull over to let them pass and don’t try to go around if you cannot see clearly ahead. I also encourage the people driving these to pull over occasionally to allow the vehicles behind you to go around.
There are added hazards in our farmyards during harvest with more traffic and machinery in use. We need to be extra cautious about where other people are at and even try to keep children indoors as much as possible. It might not be a good idea to send a child out to talk to dad or grandpa because they are hard to see.
Safety on our roads, yards, and fields is so important at this time of year when there is more farm traffic and the fields are in full fruit. So many things can create a bad situation very quickly so please use extra caution.