TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The fall season is approaching and as the leaves begin to change color, the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to be on the lookout for farm equipment.
As farmers begin to harvest fields for crops, drivers will see more of them on the roadways with large equipment. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, in 2019 farm equipment vehicles were involved in three accidents in Indiana, one of which was fatal.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames said drivers are encouraged to stay alert and cautious when behind the wheel and approaching slow moving farm vehicles.
“As a driver, you need to make sure number one that you are being patient as soon as you see the farm equipment,” Ames said. “Be courteous, and make sure that you are sharing the roadways with the farmer at that time. You need to try to make some kind of eye contact with the farmer, especially if you’re behind them.”
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture added that farm equipment typically travels at 25 mph or slower and that is important to use caution when approaching them.