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Planting Season Driving Tips

April 21, 2017
Planting season is in full swing in Indiana, and that means drivers should remain alert for farm machinery and implements on the roads.
Here are some tips from the Indiana State Police: 

Farm machinery can unexpectedly turn onto a public road from a field or driveway. It is important for everyone’s safety to have patience and share the road.

Farm machinery travels slower than normal traffic, often at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Automobile drivers must quickly identify farm equipment and slow down immediately to avoid rear-end crashes.

Slow moving farm machinery traveling at less than 25 miles per hour are required to display a slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the equipment. This is a quickly identifiable sign to other motorists. All lighting should be working properly and be highly visible.

Slow moving vehicles are required to pull off to the right when three or more vehicles are blocked and cannot pass on the left.

Machinery that is half on the road and half on the shoulder may suddenly move completely onto the road. Machinery may take up more than one lane to avoid obstacles such as road signs.

Information provided by the Indiana State Police.
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