Fall means more farm equipment will be out on local roads as preparation starts for harvest.

Alana Julius, Communications Specialist with Ag for Life, says motorists should be respectful of any machinery.

"One thing to keep in mind is that farm machinery moves really slowly, about 30- 40 kilometres per hour on average, so motorists really need to slow down and leave lots of room. There's also a lot of blind spots on the equipment so motorists need to keep back about 50 feet so the operator can see them."

Equipment should have flashing amber lights and be marked with a slow moving vehicle sign in the shape of a triangle.

Julius adds motorists shouldn't jump to conclusions about what equipment will do on the road.

"Never assume what the operator is going to do. Just because they veer right doesn't necessarily mean they're pulling over for you to pass and they're going to stay on the roadways whenever possible."

Julius says residents will start to see less farm equipment on roads when harvest starts to wrap up around the end of October.

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