Take Applicator Safety on the Road Seriously
07/10/2017 09:12 AM
Bugs, weeds and disease have sprayer applicators driving up and down rural roads and highways this time of year, working hard and working fast to get every pest-threatened acre treated. While applicators are experts in the field that’s not always the case as they move to and from the field, according to Fred Whitford, Purdue University Coordinator of Pesticide Programs.
Whitford says too many people driving applicator rigs either don’t know safe driving practices or don’t use them. Those two facts convinced him the topic needed to be addressed for the industry. The result is Whitford is now putting the finishing touches on a new publication, “Keep the Spray Rig on the Road and Out of Trouble: Tips for Dealing with Distracted and Impatient Drivers.”