Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. In the coming weeks, farmers across the state will be harvesting their crops. Expect to see an increase in farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways.

In a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), they remind drivers to share the road. There were 186 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2018. In those crashes, seven people were killed and 66 were injured.

Motorists should stay alert for slow moving farm equipment. When you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, please slow down and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Never pass on a hill or curve.

Pay close attention to farm equipment entering and leaving the highway from side roads and driveways and always pay special attention when traveling at dawn or dusk when the sun makes it difficult for drivers to see.