Safety Corner

July: Vehicle Safety Training for Young Drivers

Kids growing up on the farm learn early how to maneuver a vehicle in and out farm driveways and around farm buildings. It gives them an advantage when turning 16, but can be a formula for disaster if safety protocols aren’t enforced.

Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation Board Member Carissa Itle Westrick is part of Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, Pa., which hosts thousands of school children throughout the spring tour season. “We get a lot of family involved in giving the tours, and every year we have new drivers, with younger cousins and new employees helping with the tours,” she told other board members during last month’s Foundation board meeting.

“Vehicle safety is really important. Things can happen really quickly,” Carissa said. “So every spring, before the tours begin, my uncle, the mechanic, goes through all of the equipment with all employees as a reminder of the safety procedures.”