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 Harvest Season Driving Tips

Fall harvest season is here and drivers can expect to see large farm implements traveling the roads.

Tips for Rural Drivers:

  • Farm implements need additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side or stop. 

  • Drivers in rural areas must remain alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines and be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a rear-end collision or striking a farm machine that is turning into a field or driveway.

  • Farm machinery travels slower than normal traffic, often at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Automobile drivers must quickly identify farm equipment and slow down immediately to avoid rear-end crashes.

  • Slow moving farm machinery traveling at less than 25 miles per hour are required to display a slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the equipment. This is a quickly identifiable sign to other motorists. All lighting should be working properly and be highly visible.

  • Machinery that is half on the road and half on the shoulder may suddenly move completely onto the road. Machinery may take up more than one lane to avoid obstacles such as road signs.

Before passing farm machinery:

  • Check to be sure that machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left.

  • Determine if the road is wide enough for you and the machinery to safely share.

  • Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road.

  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass.    

Source: Indiana State Police


Additional Fall Driving Tips

  • Fallen Leaves Once leaves become wet they can be as slippery as ice.  Watch for patches of wet leaves on the roadway.

  • Fog Fog is part of the fall season.  Keep your headlights on the low beam - low beam aim the lights at the road, high beams aim the lights up and into the fog.

  • Deer: The risk of deer/vehicle accidents is greatest during the fall - be watchful especially in rural areas. The highest-risk periods are from sunset to midnight, followed by shortly before and after sunrise.

  • Drowsy Time:  Daylight Savings Time means the clocks are turned back - the one-hour change can have several effects: You may become easily tired until your body adjusts to the time change. You will need to adjust to driving to school or work in the dark. Incidences of drowsiness are much higher during the first week following time changes.

Learn the traffic, construction and weather information before
you depart by visiting http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/ or calling
1-800-261-ROAD (7623).





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