Prepare for Delays: Fall Approaches with Farm Equipment on Illinois Roads


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Springfield, IL – Brace yourselves for the approaching autumn in Illinois, as it brings with it the inevitable presence of farm equipment on our roads. The Illinois State Police (ISP) is on high alert as the harvest season unfolds, and delays are on the horizon for your daily commute.

Agriculture thrives as a leading industry in our state, and as we transition from summer to fall, farmers will be out in force, transporting their equipment along our roadways. The harvest season, spanning from September through November, will be marked by this significant movement.

In an effort to ensure safe and harmonious road sharing, ISP has laid out essential guidelines for both motorists and farmers to follow:

  • Share the Road and Embrace Patience: Expect extra travel time during the harvest season as you navigate alongside farm equipment.
  • Pass Responsibly and Legally: Remember, it is illegal to overtake at intersections or within no-passing zones, as improper passing can have deadly consequences.
  • Exercise Caution Around Tractors: Keep an eye out for farm equipment, distinguished by the orange, slow-moving vehicle triangle emblem and flashing yellow lights.
  • Extend Your Following Distance: To improve sightlines when trailing wide, slow-moving vehicles, maintain a greater gap.

Farmers, too, play a crucial role in ensuring road safety by following these practices:

  • Clear Warning Devices: Before hitting the road, take the time to wipe off reflectors, flashing lights, and other warning devices on your equipment to ensure they remain visible.
  • Prioritize Visibility: Be aware that large equipment can reduce motorists’ sightlines, so always strive to move as far to the right as possible.
  • Manage Traffic Congestion: Watch for traffic backing up while moving between fields and make an effort to pull off the road when it’s safe to do so.
  • Reduce Equipment Width: Whenever possible, minimize the width of combines by removing harvesting heads.
  • Know Highway Restrictions: Remember, farm machinery cannot be driven or towed on controlled access highways. 


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