As the fall harvest hits full speed, state public safety officials are asking motorists to check their speed as they approach over-sized farm equipment on the road.
Iowa Highway Patrol Sergeant Nate Ludwig says traditional cars and trucks are no match for the agricultural machinery, which often weighs several tons.
“This time of year you need to watch for those large trucks, tractors and implements," he says. "It can be anything from a small tractor to a large 20 row bean head combine,” he said.
Ludwig says even if the farmer waves you around, it’s best to wait until you can actually see that it’s safe to pass. He reminds motorists harvest season runs 24-hours and huge equipment is often moved between fields at night. He says farmers need to share responsibility by making sure it’s obvious when they’re going to turn or come to a sudden stop.