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Make Safety a Priority as Farmers, Motorists Share Roads This Fall

Autumn is here. Time to hit the roads for festivals, pumpkin picking and fall foliage. Now is also the time for fieldAutumn is here crop harvest, and more motorists will be encountering farm equipment on rural roads, increasing the potential for accidents.

Road safety is especially important as farmers and motorists share the road during harvest season.

Harvest season generally brings a time when there is an increase in collisions between farm equipment and other vehicles. Vehicle collisions are often the result of the speed differential between slower-moving farm equipment and passenger cars and trucks. Many times passenger vehicle drivers simply don't have enough time to react if they do not recognize the farm equipment soon enough.

For Farmers

Farmers can take steps to enhance farm machinery visibility.  Before traveling on public roads remember to:


When traveling on public roads:


Other safety recommendations include:



For Motorists

Keep in mind the following safety tips for motorists as you share the road with farm equipment:


Before passing farm machinery:


Rural road rage can be negated if everyone takes the responsibility to have extra patience, careful driving habits, and use high-visibility markings and lighting.


This article originally appeared in OSU Extension News (10/09/08) and has been adapted for use on NetWellness with permission.


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Last Reviewed: Jul 23, 2014

Associate Professor
College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Science
The Ohio State University