DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Share the Road Safely at Harvest

He is moving the combine to the next field. She is hauling corn to the grain elevator. This fall, farm men and women are working hard to harvest corn and soybeans. Be mindful of farm equipment on local roads and highways.

Slow down and be patient when sharing the road with farm equipment. The Slow Moving Vehicle emblem (orange and red triangular sign) warns you that the combine or tractor travels at a slow rate of speed.

A car traveling 55 mph when 400 feet behind a combine traveling 15 mph only takes 7 seconds to reach the combine. A collision at such high speeds can be dangerous.

At harvest, expect to see significant numbers of farm vehicles using roads now through November.

Source: American Society of Safety Engineers, University of Illinois