It’s harvest season in Indiana once again, and with the orange leaves and cooler weather comes thousands of Hoosier farmers hitting the roads and working hard to provide for their families and our communities.

Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said in a news release, “Unfortunately, harvest season is the peak time for farm equipment highway fatalities and that’s why I ask all drivers to follow important safety tips from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.”

Jordan continued, “Be cautious and patient, and never tailgate, as the large farming equipment may have to make a sudden stop. Speed is a significant factor in increasing injury risk. Most farm equipment operates at speeds under 25 mph, so fast-approaching vehicles only have a few seconds to stop before a crash may occur.”

Farmers will pull over when they are able to let motorists pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so.

Representative Jordan closed his comments by saying, “We can all do our part to prevent accidents and tragedies this harvest season and beyond.”

Click here to learn more safety tips when coming across farm equipment on the road.