If recent temperatures are to be believed, winter may have finally packed its bags and moved out.
It’s the rain playing its part now, falling to the ground and helping green our surroundings.
Along with all of this comes, and in between the precipitation, the addition of large farm machinery on area roadways. They’re headed for fields as the rush of planting season takes hold, and the work must be done before another of Mother Nature’s deadlines is imposed.
This is the time of year that farm equipment, commercial vehicles, and cars, vans, and trucks have to share the road.
It isn’t an uncommon reality in these parts, yet it’s a time of year when some in the driving public turn into nightmares with a licence and a set of wheels beneath them.
Sure, one might envision the slow-moving tractors of old, charting a course at no more than 15 kilometres per hour.
While this may still be the case for some, today’s equipment does travel at a much greater speed than the workhorses before them.
What limits speed, most often, is what is being transported, be it loaded trailers of a grand size, weight, and width.
Is this case it’s up to the operator to go at the speed most comfortable for them, which is no different than some other drivers on the road.
There is no need for the remainder of the driving public to get so overblown with anger at the presence of the farm machinery.
Though, it seems these individuals are the same ones who cannot for the life of them fathom why it’s wise to move aside when noticing an approaching emergency vehicle.
It’s these culprits that don’t bother moving for firetrucks or ambulances, assuming those vehicles moving much faster can just as easily go around.
Yet, it’s law to move aside.
Simply put, it’s common sense to share the road. There is no need to put unnecessary risk on the part of first responders who are already putting their own lives on the line for the safety of others.
The same goes for those in the agricultural industry who need not be put in danger by the impatience of others. Yet, those must also be courteous in sharing the roadway.
Continuing to enjoy some of the safest roadways in the province means that everyone must work together to make it so.
They belong to us all.