Attention, patience needed for safe travel during harvest
Wheat harvest is now in full swing in many areas. Making sure farmers get their harvest to market and travelers reach their destinations safely begins with paying attention, using caution and having patience on the road.
The Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following tips for travel in farm country during harvest:
Slow down and allow extra room when approaching farm equipment, and find an alternate route away from elevators if possible.
Be aware of trucks, tractors pulling grain carts and combines pulling onto roads from farm fields. Also, be prepared for farm equipment to suddenly turn off the road into fields.
Don’t pass unless absolutely necessary. Before passing make sure the farm machinery isn’t turning left, determine if the road is wide enough for you and the equipment to safely share, look for roadside obstacles that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road, and be sure there is adequate distance to safely pass.
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