Safe Travel Tips During Harvest

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Wheat harvest is in full in Kansas, and drivers need to be aware of farm equipment traveling on roads.

The Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following tips for traveling in farm country during the harvest.

- Slow down when approaching farm equipment.

- Allow extra room when following farm equipment.

- Be aware of heavy truck traffic near grain elevators and COOPs. Grain trucks may stop on the road while waiting in line to unload grain.

- Be aware of trucks, tractors pulling grain carts and combines pulling onto roads from farm fields. Also, be prepared for farm equipment to suddenly turn off the road into fields.

- Don't pass unless absolutely necessary. Before passing make sure the farm machinery isn't turning left, determine if the road is wide enough for you and the equipment to safely share, look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road and be sure there is adequate distance to pass safely.

- There maybe several pieces of farm equipment traveling together. Be sure there is adequate space to accommodate another vehicle before attempting to pass.

- Don't assume the farmer knows you are there.

- Remember, grain goes to the market by train as well as truck. Be watchful when approaching railroad crossings.

- No texting. It's against the law.

- Always wear seat belts and use child safety restraints.