The Indiana State Police caution motor vehicle drivers that farmers will be preparing their fields for planting within the next few weeks. During this time, large farm equipment may be traveling on the roads, and may impede traffic.
Drivers are reminded to be ever cautious when approaching a hillcrest or curve. Farm implements need additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side or stop. Darkness also creates a hazardous situation for motorists and farmers use extra caution at night, particularly on county roads.
Tips for Farmers
* Have all lighting and placards on your equipment as required by law,
* When parking equipment along the road while in the field, make certain it is visible at night,
* When tree or more vehicles are behind you, safely pull to the side of the road to let same-direction travel pass your equipment,
* Avoid traveling on state and federal highways during rush hour traffic, and
* Do not leave anhydrous nurse tanks unlocked or unattended.
Tips for Motorists
* Be patient when behind farm equipment. They have the right to operate on the roads the same as you do, and
* When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right and let them pass, particularly on narrow roads.