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Written by Jason Madison   
Friday, 19 April 2013 09:16

Planting season is upon us meaning drivers should use caution when encountering farm vehicles. The Iowa Department of Transportation says farmers use county and state highways to

move nearly two billion bushels of grain and millions of livestock each year. Iowa State Extension Field Specialist Bob Wells says there hasn't been a fatality in Mahaska County involving commuters and farm equipment for a few years, but there have been some close calls.

"It's one of the two busy times of the year and a tractor can move 25 mile per hour and you come over a hill going 65mph it takes less than five seconds for you to you to hit that tractor if you don't step on the break right then." says Wells. "So be aware of what is going on around you. Give this equipment the wide birth it deserves."

Because all Iowans share the same roads, Iowa State University Extension recommends drivers to.

  • Defensive Tips - Always watch for farm vehicles.
  • Be Alert
  • Slow Down Immediately - As soon as you see a slow-moving vehicle.
  • Keep Your Distance - Between farm equipment and your vehicle
  • Be Patient - Most farm equipment doesn't travel faster than 25 miles an hour.
  • Make Sure You're Clear - Make sure the road is clear before passing.

<p>The most common time of day for collisions is between four and eight p.m. This may be due to the large number of drivers coming home from work, plus farm operators returning from fields.