According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, crashes involving farm vehicles and equipment are rare. But, nevertheless, they do happen and can result in serious injury and even death. Of the over 180,000 people involved in crashes in Minnesota in 2009, 156 were involved in a crash with a tractor or other farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in 29 injuries and three deaths.
As farmers everywhere continue with fall harvest, roads will see increased farm equipment traffic. Here are a few tips for drivers and farm equipment operators to help make roadways safer.
Make yourself easy to be seen by using your lights and flashers.
Use slow-moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 miles per hour.
Consider using a follow vehicle when moving large equipment on roadways, especially at night.