Ag by the Numbers – Navigating Harvest

Posted: September 25, 2023

As farmers move their equipment from one field to another during harvest, it’s vital for motorists to recognize the significance of their task. Sharing the road becomes an important consideration for all drivers. Fast cars and farmers’ slow tractors can be a dangerous combination.

Here are some roadway safety tips:

  • Watch for the Slow Moving Vehicle Sign – This orange and red reflective triangular sign is mounted to the back of equipment and warns motorists that farm equipment is moving at slow speeds, up to 25 mph.
  • Pay attention to flashing lights and reflectors – These safety features warn motorists of the size and slowness of farm machinery on roads.
  • Slow down when approaching farm equipment. It takes just 5 seconds for a car travelling 55 mph to close a distance the size of a football field on a tractor or combine. Give large farm equipment some extra space.
  • Before attempting to pass, make sure the farmer is not preparing to turn. Only pass when it is safe to do so.
  • Be alert. Pay attention while driving. Look twice to make sure your path is clear before you pull into an intersection. Remember that farm vehicles can enter/exit the roadway from unmarked access drives in their fields. Watch for obstacles that may cause farm vehicles to move over or suddenly stop on roads.