As harvest season gets underway, the Nebraska State Patrol is reminding motorists to use extra caution and pay special attention.
Drivers can expect to see an increase in agricultural equipment on state roadways. Combines, grain carts, tractors and other agricultural implements typically travel at slower speeds. Due to their dimensions and load, operator visibility is often reduced. Motorists are urged to be cautious when approaching, following or attempting to pass farm vehicles.
“It is an important time of year for drivers to exercise caution, especially on our rural roadways,” said NSP Superintendent Col. David Sankey. “In addition to farm vehicles, motorists are also encouraged to watch out for wildlife often shifting locations due to the increase in activity.”
Operators of agricultural implements are reminded they may travel upon the shoulder of the roadway when available. They are also reminded of the need for Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) warning triangles and to utilize their flashing yellow caution lights whenever they are on the road. When turning left from a roadway into a field or farm entrance, operators are cautioned to be aware of vehicles attempting to pass them. If an occupant restraint system is available in the implement they are driving, operators are encouraged to buckle up.