John Bos: Show farm equipment proper respect on Central Valley roads

May 4, 2014 

So it’s spring and farmers like myself are in full swing trying to prepare the land or we’re harvesting winter crops. We need to transport heavy, oversized equipment down the road from field to field. Your average car is 4,500 pounds. My tractor is 25,000 pounds – as two people almost found out.

Despite a pilot car behind me with flashers and blinkers, as I tried to turn into another field they decided to pass. The first car missed by 3 feet, the second by less than a foot. It could have brought a tragic ending to their lives.

Our farm equipment generally is not on the road for great distances, in this case less than a mile. So is your life seriously worth less than a half a minute? Please, please! Use extreme caution around farm equipment. We all want to come home to our families.

JOHN BOS

Modesto

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