Harvest season is in motion, which means more slow-moving farm equipment will be on Indiana’s roads.
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, farm vehicles were involved in 73 fatal crashes across the U.S., with seven of those incidents occurring in Indiana.
By law, farm equipment must have the nationally designated slow-moving vehicle sign — a red triangle-shaped reflector — to warn other motorists. The most common types of farm equipment Hoosiers will encounter are combines and tractors pulling grain carts, and these vehicles often travel at speeds less than 25 mph.
Giving yourself extra time and planning ahead by finding alternate routes helps. It is also important to watch for wide vehicles, especially when approaching hills and curves in the road.
Farmers will pull over for motorists to pass when they are able, but it may take them some time to find a safe place to do so. When attempting to pass farm equipment, always look for oncoming traffic, and make sure the vehicle is actually pulling over to let you pass and not making a wide left turn.
Do not drive around these vehicles within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge or tunnel.
Remember to be cautious on the roads this harvest season.