As the days get shorter, and harvest continues, motorists should be cautious of large equipment on the roads.

Glen Blahey, Agriculture Health and Safety Specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, says farmers should take a vehicle to drive new routes to scout for hazards when moving equipment.

"What farmers should take into consideration, particularly if it's a new piece of equipment or it's a new route their following, is to be aware of infrastructure that may be along the route that they're travelling. Whether it's overhead power lines, or it's sign markings, or it's soft shoulders and culverts. You don't want to run into any of those, so making sure their is enough clearance before hand is always a wise thing to do."

He recommends farmers use pilot vehicles when possible for moving large equipment. Communication between the pilot vehicle and the equipment operator is always key.

The public also has a role to play in keeping the roads safe.

"If the motoring public decides to pass that vehicle, they should do it extremely cautiously because the potential for seeing oncoming traffic is reduced by the size of the equipment. The motoring public certainly has an obligation to be aware of that and exercise a little more care and caution at this of the year, particularly as the evenings are coming around quicker, and certainly the equipment is still on the roads."

Blahey reminds farmers to be checking lights and reflectors before moving equipment, even if it's just on quieter roads.

 

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