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Drive Carefully While Sharing Roads with Farm Equipment


MnDOT asks motorists and farm equipment operators to drive carefully this spring. Farm equipment is large and heavy, making it hard for operators to accelerate, slow down and stop. Since 2020, there were 391 crashes involving farm equipment in Minnesota, resulting in six deaths and 143 injuries. Inattentive driving and speed were the biggest contributing factors in those crashes.

Motorists should:

  • Slow down and use caution when approaching farm equipment
  • Watch for debris dropped by farm equipment
  • Drive with headlights on at all times
  • Wait for a safe place to pass

Farm equipment operators should:

  • Use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible
  • Use slow-moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 mph
  • Consider using a follow vehicle when moving equipment, especially at night

For for details go to the MnDOT website at www.mndot.gov.