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Rural Roadway Safety

October 1, 2014 

 

Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), Rural roads carry less than half of America’s traffic yet they account for over half of the nation’s vehicular deaths. In 2006, there were 38,588 fatal crashes resulting in 42,642 deaths according to the NCSL.

 

Harvest time on the farm indicates the end of the growing season and includes all of the activities involved in removing the crop and taking it to market. In most cases, harvest season means more farm vehicles will be leaving the farm and sharing the road with other drivers. That includes combines and other over-sized harvesting equipment that travel from one field to another as well as farming trucks and tractors transporting produce.

 

There is a growing belief amongst farmers that driving their tractors on rural roads is more dangerous today than it was a few years ago. While the size of the farm equipment gets bigger, the roads do not. Some tips for driving on rural roads include but are not limited to:

Farmers:

  • Always make sure your farm vehicle has proper lighting.
  • Check both the vehicle and the equipment being towed before traveling.
  • Inspect hitches to ensure they are solid and mounted properly.
  • Always display the Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem in a prominent place on all off-road farm vehicles

Drivers:

  • Drive with caution at all times, especially during harvest season.
  • Slow down while driving through curves and over hills.
  • Be on alert for farm vehicles and give them plenty of space on the road.

For more information please visit www.iowadot.gov

 

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