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North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) would like to urge motorists
to use extra caution while traveling the state’s roadways this time of year as
farmers are out working their fields and transporting their goods to market.
equipment is very large and heavy making it extremely difficult for operators
to accelerate, slow down and stop. This type of vehicle also has large blind
spots, making it difficult for operators to see approaching vehicles. “Motorists should be extremely cautious as they
drive and watch for slow moving equipment on our roadways,” says Karin Mongeon,
NDDOT Safety Division Director. “When approaching farm equipment, motorists
need to pay attention, slow down and pass with extreme caution especially on
rural two-lane highways.”
this effort motorists are reminded to:
- Watch for mud and debris on the roadway as trucks go directly from the field onto the highway.
- Be aware that you can encounter farm equipment at any time of day.
- Drive with headlights on at all times.
- Always wear seatbelts.
addition, farmers are reminded of the opportunity to get 10 percent extra weight permits that are valid on ND state
highways and U.S. highways. These permits are valid for harvester products
field to first point of storage or first point of storage to transfer of
possession on current year’s harvest. Farmers should also be aware that road
construction projects are finishing up this time of year as well. Some roads
may be inaccessible to large farm equipment.
equipment operators should consider the following precautions:
- Use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible.
- Use slow moving emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 mph.
- Consider using a follow vehicle when moving equipment, especially at night.
- Consider using an escort
vehicle when moving large equipment, especially at night.
the most current progress on construction projects call 511 or go to the Travel
Information Map on the NDDOT website at www.dot.nd.gov.