Manitoba Public Insurance is warning motorists to watch out for heavy machinery on roadways. During harvest season motorists are likely to encounter agricultural machinery as producers are working to take crops off their fields.
A news release from MPI stated that farm equipment is large and may take up more than one lane while moving slowly so motorists must use extra caution when approaching and overtaking these vehicles, and producers need to ensure that their equipment has lights and reflectors in use.
Motorists are also warned that agricultural vehicles have a maximum speed of 40 kilometres an hour and it’s easy for motorists to misjudge their speed of approach. Motorists should be patient when they come up to farm equipment and they should only pass when it is safe to do so.
On average there are about 20 collisions a year in Manitoba involving agricultural equipment and Bill Campbell The President of Keystone Agricultural producers states that motorists need to do their part when approaching farm equipment to ensure that we all stay safe.