Don’t Be In Such A Hurry


Recently it occurred to me that sometimes farm/ranch safety extends beyond the ground and animals we care for.  The importance of safety for us at CBR often goes with us when we travel from the ranch.

It happens almost every time we hook up a truck and trailer.  Whether it’s a stock trailer hauling cows, a horse trailer loaded with several horses headed to the trail, or a 30 foot gooseneck trailer hauling a tractor or other piece of equipment.

So here are some tips on how to drive safely around those of us who drive trucks and trailers.

truck and trailor

1.  Don’t be in such a hurry.

A truck with a trailer (whether loaded or empty)  is simply bigger and heavier than other vehicles.  When a car swerves or pulls out in front of one it take much longer to shut things down.  Everything from the back of the trailer is forced to the front causing the brakes to lock up.  Not to mention the load shifts potentially causing damage and or injury to livestock.

2. Don’t be in such a hurry.rearview mirror

Stay a safe distance behind.  A good rule of thumb is if you cannot see the side mirrors on the truck pulling the trailer, you are too close,   It’s also probable that the driver of the truck may not be able to see you either if you are this close.

3.  Don’t be in such a hurry.hay trailer

I know it’s a pain to be behind a truck and trailer, especially when you are in a hurry.  The fact is, the person or people in that truck want to get to their destination as quickly and safely as you do.  They are not just pulling that load for the fun of it.  Very like whatever they are hauling, (hay, livestock, equipment, etc) is a vital part of their livelihood.

Many  people probably don’t even realize how driving around trucks pulling a load on a trailer differs from driving around smaller vehicles.   It may take a few extra minutes to get to our destination, but arriving safely is worth it.

Thanks for reading,

-Lori

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12 thoughts on “Don’t Be In Such A Hurry

  1. Patti in TX

    Wow! I just found your blog and I don’t no where to begin. First, I totally agree with don’t be in such a hurry…..2nd, we moved from CO to East Texas 6 months ago for a job that didn’t work out and are now managing a cattle ranch. So I am reading your blog and saying” yeah, that’s what we did today or I know, “right”….we have 70 head of cattle, 18 hens and 3 roosters, 2 dogs and a cat. I am happy that we are only managing because we can have all the “fun” without having to pay the bills, which can get expensive. We live and work on the ranch and as you know its a 24/7 job but we are enjoyng the freedom (no office politics), rewards (that first baby calf), challenges, (never know what each day will bring) and are learning something new everyday. No one can believe we decided to do this late in life and continue to amaze friends and family that we really love it.

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  3. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    Great post and I love the advice you give on safety for all drivers on the road! It’s so true that we all need to just slow down and be patient. Eventually you can always pass someone and there’s no point in making the time in between stressful. Thanks so much for linking up with Country Fair Blog Party 🙂

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  5. Mindie

    My hubby drives a tanker truck for a living and I know all about the skills needed to handle something big, bulky and shifting weight (the liquids inside.) I love the slow down theme. People who don’t know how difficult it can be to control and move loads should spend a winter on Michigan roads with my hubby! LOL Once they pull the seat cushion out of their rear maybe they will be more understanding to not only guys like him, but anyone with a load! Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog hop!

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