September is just around the corner, meaning harvest season will be in full swing soon.
That also means those travelling on local roads should keep safety at the forefront during harvest operations.
Road safety is a big concern during harvest season.
With the start of the school year, roads will be busy with harvest operations coinciding with increased numbers of busses and commuters who are returning to regular schedules as summer holidays end.
Lacombe County is among many municipalities that put out harvest safety reminders for the past several years after hearing many stories of unsafe driving at this time of year.
“Lacombe County is an agricultural community, and producers have a short window to complete the annual harvest, even more so this year with the challenging growing season and threat of an early winter,” emphasized Mark Sproule, manager of Community Peace Officer Services. “That said, road courtesy is important, no matter where you are driving, and we ask everyone to practice patience on our local roads.”
The fact is large slow moving equipment utilize roads in the fall season. Drivers need to plan ahead and plan extra time into their schedules to compensate for delays which may be caused by harvest operations.
Other safety tips to consider during harvest include: Ensure safe transport of equipment on public roads; Be aware of motorists; Follow all rules of the road; Ensure all lights and reflectors are in place and in good working order along with slow-moving vehicle emblem visible from the rear; Return equipment to transport mode; Check your route before transport to ensure equipment fits safely under power lines and over bridges or culverts that need to be crossed.
Take a break
Producers are also encouraged to be aware of fatigue and how it can potentially be a danger. Farmers and their workers should know when to take a break to rest and unwind in order to ensure everyone on the roads gets home safe.