Watch out for farm equipment

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Minn. –  A message to drivers as harvest season gets underway: Watch out for farm equipment.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that slow moving machinery will be on the roads in the coming weeks.

From 2010 to 2012, there were nearly 400 accidents in Minnesota involving farm equipment. 13 of those were fatal. But MnDOT officials say these types of tragedies can be avoided if drivers follow a few simple rules.

“A lot of times because of the different types of equipment the farmers are on, they may have blind spots that the motorists are not aware of. So, they need to slow down, wait until it is safe to pass, and just really give them some room,” said MnDOT Spokesperson Kristin Kamueller.

But it’s not just drivers who need to be careful. Farm equipment operators should also take precautions. MnDOT recommends using lights or flashers to make the machinery more visible and consider using a “follow” vehicle when traveling at night.

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