VIGO CO, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As planting season continues, farmers are hitting the fields to stay on schedule. But, with increased work and more machinery on the roads, motorists are asked to be cautious.

According to the Indiana State Police, on average there are 1000 accidents involving vehicles vs farm equipment in the United States.

Sgt. Matt Ames with ISP said of those accidents, 75 percent result in some kind of personal injury.

Brad Burbrink, with BE-N-AG Farms, said a common challenge is vehicles blocking the worksite for large machinery, or cars parked in front of mailboxes and powerlines making the space congested.

“We move our farm equipment on a daily basis. Patience goes a long way and makes for safer travel with both of us,” He said. “The next three weeks will be busy.”

Safety measures are in place for the machines including flashing lights, a slow-moving vehicle sign on the back and traveling at a reduced speed of 25 miles per hour or less.

Farmers, like Burbrink, also make sure to travel at times with a low traffic flow.

“We try to time our travels to early in the morning or late in the night. We move our equipment because there’s not a lot of traffic during those hours,” Burbrink added.

Ames said if farm equipment is traveling at night, he encourages a separate vehicle to follow it from behind with extra flashing lights.

In Vigo County this year, one man has already died after a car vs tractor accident. More information can be found below.

The state of Indiana enforces a slow poke law, which means if 3 or more vehicles are behind the farm equipment, the farmer must pull over and let the cars pass.

Ames said if drivers see a tractor or any machine coming towards them, to pull off to the side of the road and stop.

“We do enforce that [law] out there, not on a regular occurrence due to the fact we do have courteous farmers out in the Wabash Valley area. We just ask for the general motorist to be patient with these vehicles,’ Ames said.

Drivers are also asked to not pass farmers on railroads, curbs and double yellow lines.