The grain harvest is getting underway across the region and this means that there will be a lot of extra trucks and agricultural machinery travelling on our local roads.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils are reminding drivers to share the road safely this harvest.
“Many road users are unaware of the size of some of these agricultural vehicles and hey can find it confusing or daunting when aced with these vehicles on the road.
“Farmers will be driving tractors, combine harvesters, augers etc. These are slower moving, occupy more of the road and take longer to stop. This usually on roads where car drivers and other vehicles are accustomed to driving at high speeds.
“When approaching an oversize vehicle you should be patient, reduce your speed and wait for a safe opportunity to pass. Start slowing down sooner than you normally would. Give the vehicle a lot of room. Don’t drive right behind the agricultural equipment because the farmer can’t see you,” said Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor.
Please take care this harvest and share the road safely.
For further information please contact Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.