ILLINOIS (WTHI) – Illinois State Police are advising drivers to be aware of farm equipment sharing the road during planting season.
The typical planting season for corn in Illinois is April 14 to June 5 and for soybeans it is May 2to June 24. Crashes involving farm equipment are not uncommon in a state where the majority of over-all land is farmland.
“Motorists and operators of farm equipment and other special motorized apparatuses must share the roadway,” said Captain Jamal Simington. “Awareness and patience by everyone traveling on rural routes and in rural communities are imperative and will contribute to highway safety.”
Studies show that left-turn, rear-end and passing collisions are the most common types of accidents involving motorists and farm machinery.
IDOT and the Illinois Department of Agriculture suggest the following tips to keep motorists safe when encountering farm vehicles:
- Pay attention and do not drive distracted
- Slow down when encountering slow moving vehicles
- Pass with extreme caution
- Allow extra room when following farm equipment
- Be patient. A farmer cannot always move over to let motorists pass
- If you cannot see the driver, the driver cannot see you. Farm machinery operators may not be able to see you because the large equipment or a load can block part of their rear view