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Driving Around Farm Equipment

posted on 10/6/23
posted by Secondary Roads

Fall harvest season brings increased farm equipment movement on roadways.

With harvest around the corner, motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. The Woodbury County Secondary Road Department is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways.

Tips for Motorists:

  • Give your full attention to the driving task and watch for slow-moving vehicles. Do not text and drive.
  • Put additional space between your vehicle and those ahead. At this time of the year, the sun can be blinding to drivers during sunrise and sunset. The added space helps you safely maneuver if there is a sudden stop, turn, or a slow-moving vehicle ahead. 
  • Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle.
  • Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.

Tips for Farm Vehicle Operators:

  • Make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn.
  • Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.
  • Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.

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This content was printed from the County website at woodburycountyiowa.gov on June 25, 2024.