Rural Roads Harvest Safety 20 Sep 12

Officials continue to remind rural Minnesota residents to be alert on rural roads this time of year. The harvest is getting into full swing around southern Minnesota, and both farmers and motorists are being asked to drive with extreme caution. McLeod County Extension Educator Dave Nicolai says that farmers should try to minimize the amount of time they drive their equipment on the road, and ensure that all equipment is secured. He also says that motorists should always assume there will be slow-moving farm equipment up ahead, because they may not have time to react otherwise. Nicolai says that farm machinery often moves much more slowly down the road — and drivers need to be ready for sudden stops. He adds that farm equipment can also be unpredictable — making left or right turns into fields, often with little notice.