Nationwide News: Help us save lives on America’s rural roads

Buckeye Farm News

While this may seem like a rare situation, the National Safety Council estimates that 15,000 collisions involving farm vehicles occur on U.S. roadways each year. And although only 19 percent of Americans live in rural areas, 55 percent of highway deaths occur on roads that are considered rural.

That’s why Nationwide is launching a new Rural Road Safety campaign.

“Nationwide is taking a stance on this important issue to increase awareness around the risks of navigating large farm equipment on rural roads,” said Terrance Williams, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “Our hope is to drive awareness of the safety procedures and common sense practices that can help everyone in these situations share the road safely.”

Here’s how you can help keep our roads safe both today and in the future:

•Check out our 10 Tips to Road Safety

•View our collection of Public Service Announcements

•Access our Important Links by state.

Also, we strongly encourage you to share this information with your neighbors, friends and family.

“Travel on America’s rural roadways has become more dangerous than ever,” Williams said. “But we believe there are so many things that are controllable on the part of the farmer and on the part of the general public. Together, we can help mitigate some of these accidents we see on a daily basis.”

For more information about or to participate in Rural Road Safety, go to ruralroadsafety.com or follow Nationwide Agribusiness on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.