As Indiana’s planting season approaches, the Indiana State Police is emphasizing the importance of cautious driving and having heightened awareness when encountering farm equipment on the roads. With farmers preparing to work their fields, large agricultural machinery will soon become a common sight along roadways.

These machines are often large, slow-moving, and may obstruct visibility. Police say it is imperative for all road users to remain vigilant and patient.

To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, the Indiana State Police offer the following tips:

  1. Stay Alert: Keep a lookout for slow-moving farm equipment, especially on rural roads. Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
  2. Maintain a Safe Distance: Keep a safe distance when following farm equipment. These vehicles may need to make sudden stops or turns.
  3. Pass with Caution: If you need to pass farm equipment, do so with extreme caution. Only pass when it is safe and legal to do so, ensuring there is enough room to maneuver safely.
  4. Use Signals: Signal your intentions early when approaching or passing farm equipment. This allows operators to anticipate your movements and adjust accordingly.
  5. Be Patient: Remember that farmers are working to feed our communities. Exercise patience and understanding, as delays caused by farm equipment are temporary.
  6. Watch for Turning Vehicles: Farm equipment may need to make wide turns. Stay back and give them ample space to complete their maneuvers safely.
  7. Obey Traffic Laws: Adhere to all traffic laws and regulations, including speed limits and passing zones. Avoid distractions and remain focused on the road.

“By following these guidelines, motorists can help ensure a safe planting season for both farmers and drivers alike,” the Indiana State Police said. “Let’s work together to prevent accidents and keep our roads safe for everyone.”