Fall is in the air and that means it is planting and harvesting time for area farmers. Farming vehicles may be on the roads more this time of year and KDOT would like to remind travelers to travel safely around these important pieces of equipment.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, most farm equipment cannot travel at highway speeds and they typically do not exceed 15-25 mph.
Kansans know this scene all too well: The route to and from work may require traveling on smaller state highways or roads and drivers may encounter a large tractor, combine or other farm equipment.
Perhaps drivers grow frustrated with the situation and just wish it would get out of the way so they can get home. Unfortunately, the road is curved and hilly. Passing this giant, slow-moving vehicle is unsafe.
According to transportation laws as long as slow-moving vehicles have the orange triangle signage, they have just as much right to that road as vehicles that can go at a faster speed.
Farming Equipment is often much larger and wider than other vehicles and the lanes of traffic. When driving around these slow-moving vehicles extra caution should be practiced.
Here are some tips from the KHP for sharing the road with farmers:
Check out this video for more information on how to share the road with other large, slow-moving vehicles safely.