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6 Farm Safety Tips for Motorists During Harvest Season
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/20/2023

As harvest season gets into gear for Indiana's 94,000 farmers, motorists can expect to share the road with more slow-moving farm equipment. State agencies are urging vigilance and patience to ensure safety on Indiana's rural roads and highways this fall.

In recent years, Indiana has witnessed several vehicle crashes involving farm equipment, resulting in fatalities. During harvest season, farm equipment on the road can include tractors, combines, grain carts, grain wagons, and large trucks transporting agricultural products. These vehicles are wide and often travel at speeds of no more than 25 mph.

Here are several safety tips for motorists when approaching large farm equipment:

1. Be Patient: Farm equipment may pull over when it's safe, but it may take time.

2. Stay Alert: Farm equipment can be wide, occupying a significant portion of the road.

3. Pass with Care: Avoid passing in "No Passing Zones" or within 100 feet of intersections, railroad crossings, bridges, elevations, or tunnels.

4. Watch for Left Turns: Ensure the equipment isn't preparing for a left turn before passing on the left.

5. Avoid Tailgating: Farm equipment might make sudden stops.

6. Plan Ahead: Allow extra travel time, know alternative routes, and minimize distractions.

Collaborative efforts by organizations including Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Indiana State Police aim to spread this vital safety message during planting season. For additional information on farm safety and best management practices, please visit the following link:

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