As planting approaches, Ontario farmers will rely on public roads to transport equipment from field to field. Grain Farmers of Ontario recognizes there are many avoidable and serious accidents each year in our province involving farm machinery on public roads and there is a gap in communication of safe practices. In Ontario, driver education requires learning about slow moving vehicles, but does not incorporate information specific to farm machinery on public roads. Farm safety groups focus on on-farm practices, rather than road safety tips for the public.
Grain Farmers of Ontario is providing rural road safety information for both farm vehicle operators and the general public to increase awareness of the seasonality of farm equipment on public roads, and to clarify expectations and rules for everyone who uses Ontario’s rural roadways. Grain Farmers of Ontario’s goal is to make public roads safer for both farmers and the general public across the province.
This website is part of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s 2012 road safety campaign, which will also utilize rural radio, rural newspapers, and farmer meetings to spread the information.