Monday, October 19, 2015

Motorists should be alert for harvest traffic

Fall harvest season is in full swing, which means it’s time to share the road with equipment and trucks from Kansas’ more than 61,000 farms.

KDOT and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following harvest travel safety tips:

  • Slow down! Farm equipment moves slower than you. Use the orange triangle on the back of farm machinery as a cue to reduce your speed.

  • Share the road: Tractors, trucks and combines take up more lane space than a normal vehicle. Allow plenty of room when following and be extra cautious when passing farm equipment.
  •  Stay alert: Expect heavy truck traffic near grain elevators and co-ops. Grain trucks may be stopped on the road while waiting to unload grain. Consider using an alternate route away from elevators.
  • Watch for turns: Be aware of trucks and equipment pulling on to roads from fields. Also be prepared for farm equipment to suddenly turn off of the road into a field entrance.
  • Don’t assume: Farmers aren’t always able to see vehicles around them. Don’t assume they know you are there.
  •  See tracks, think train: Grain goes to market by train as well as truck! Be watchful when approaching railroad crossings.

And, as always, make sure you and your passengers are buckled up every trip, every time.

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