FARMERBSURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Drivers are being reminded to use caution this harvest season.
The fall harvest is officially underway so drivers can expect more farm equipment on the roadways.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Matt Ames said if you come across farm equipment on the road, it’s best to slow down, be patient, and be careful passing.
Ames also noted that farmers are good about letting people know when there’s a safe opportunity to get around them and cautioned drivers to be extra careful on county roads which are often more narrow.
Ames also requested farmers be intentional with the lights on their equipment.
“The most important thing is we do ask for farmers if you’re operating your farm equipment in the dawn hours or in the dusk hours, that you have a trail vehicle behind you with their emergency lights flashing. [it] just allows motorists a little bit extra time to see some emergency lights as they’re coming up to it,” Ames said.
Ames said Indiana has about 94,000 farmers harvesting crops.