It's a very busy time of year for farmers trying to get their crops in before fall and it can be an awkward time as well, as they use county roads to move their equipment from field to field.
"With harvest season we're going to see an increased influx of combines and tractors and equipment on the highways," noted Cody Patton, a Transport Officer with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. "A lot of the time they are over dimensional, so they can take up a little more than a traffic lane, and oncoming vehicles and trailing vehicles need to adjust for that accordingly."
"As time goes on, equipment keeps getting bigger and bigger for efficiency: combine headers can reach up to 40 or 50 feet (wide), so that certainly changes things when they're transported on the highway," he added. "Luckily, with the technology now they have the ability of detaching some of that equipment and towing it on another vehicle or behind the combine."
Even so, Patton admits it can be frustrating for someone trapped behind slow moving farm equipment, even if only for a short distance.
"Farmers are pretty good about picking their routes and minimizing traffic delays, but if you get caught behind one or if you're oncoming, the only thing that I can stress is patience. Don't try and overtake them; we see a lot of unnecessary collisions when people get impatient and try and pass when it's not safe to do so."

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