If the weather forecast is correct, by the time you read this, our combine will have finally been put to bed for the winter (that is unless it breaks down!), writes Julian Davis.
This harvest has been somewhat frustrated by weather, the passage of low pressure areas over the UK due to the jet stream settling in a southern position.
The frustration can often be aggravated by the fact that the combine harvester is in the wrong place at the wrong time; that is, it has rained where the combine is but not in other fields miles away where you could operate. You then decide to move and enjoy the experience of driving the combine along the highway.
Most combines today are more than three metres wide so classify as ‘wide vehicles’ (‘abnormal vehicle/loads’), and move at around 20 to 30kph so can be problematic for other road uses.
We take great care to make sure we cause as little disruption as possible. In general the other road users are patient and helpful but there are times when you “just wonder”!
I have come to the conclusion that there are people driving that never overtake another moving vehicle no matter what, and there are a proportion of drivers who don’t understand traffic calming road markings, who wait to overtake on double white lines on a railway crossing.
Finally I would like to thank the very few that take the time to wave to me... Well I think that’s what they are doing!