Motorists are urged to use caution and reduced speeds when traveling near farm vehicles and equipment. Every year the OPP responds to incidents involving farm vehicles that are struck by impatient or inattentive drivers and frequently result in personal injury and or death. The sad reality is that they need not happen at all.
Farm equipment such as tractors, combines and the trailers they tow are very large and require significant room to safely manoeuvre on the roadway. The work they are doing is important to all our communities.
For motorists using rural roadways during the harvest time frame, anticipate that there may be farm equipment in use and travel below the posted or suggested speed limit in areas where crops are being planted or cultivated. If you see large farm equipment on the roadway, slow down, be patient and pass only when it is safe to do so.
Do not tailgate large farm equipment as the operator may not be able to see you. Do not blow your horn at the operator of the farm equipment as they likely won’t be able to hear you due to the noise produced by the equipment.