Safety Tips for Motorists Near Farm Equipment on Roads, Highways During Planting Season


— Do not try to pass slow-moving farm equipment on the left without ensuring that the farmer driving the equipment is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over to allow a pass when the farmer is actually preparing to turn. You will drive right into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.

— Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.

— Allow plenty of time to get to a destination, be aware of alternate routes and avoid distractions.

Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler reminds motorists to be alert on the state’s rural roads.

“I want to encourage motorists to be aware during this spring season and know that encountering farm equipment is likely and to slow down when approaching,” Kettler said.

Rural roadway safety is certainly not a one-way street. There are also certain practices farmers can implement to make their farm equipment more visible on rural roads.

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) encouraged farmers to improve lighting and markings on farm equipment to make them more visible on rural roads. Here are some of the Center’s safety tips:

— Outline equipment with reflective marking at the widest points.

— Use a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem and keep it clean and visible.

— Make sure all equipment lights work, such as flashing amber lights and turn the lights on as you drive on the roads, even in the daytime.

— Consider adding red taillights to towed equipment.

— If possible, avoid traveling on roadways in the dark.

— Always use turning signals.

To visit the UMASH Roadway Safety website, click on the following link: http://umash.umn.edu/….

Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com

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Motorists urged to travel today to beat bank holiday queues


The AA has advised motorists to avoid travelling on Good Friday if possible, saying motorists would be better off leaving today or early on Saturday morning.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “All our polling suggests that Good Friday will be the busiest getaway day for Easter trips and staycations. If some drivers can leave on Thursday or early Saturday, they may miss some of the jams.”

The motoring organisation also estimated that, with higher fuel prices, a 500-mile round trip will see drivers paying £20 more at the pumps than they did last Easter.

Some 27.6 million car journeys are expected to take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, the motoring organisation has forecast.





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Vehicle restrictions anticipated, motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend | News


HARRISBURG — Ahead of snowy conditions, cold temperatures and high winds expected across most of the state this weekend, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. Additionally, the agencies anticipate implementing various speed and vehicle restrictions throughout the storm.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for personalized alerts on the website.

Effective at 3 p.m. Sunday,  vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• All interstates south of Interstate 80, not including Interstate 80;

• PA Turnpike I-76 (Mainline) from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border, including all western extensions;

• PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-276 to I-80;

• The entire length of U.S. 22; and

• The entire length of Route 33.

Effective at 7 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• All interstates north of I-80, including I-80; and

• PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-80 to Clarks Summit.

Effective at 7 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• I-70 east of I-79; and

• I-99.

Effective at 11 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• I-81 north of I-84;

• I-84; and

• I-380.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

• Tractors without trailers;

• Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;

• Tractors towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board;

• Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;

• Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;

• Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;

• School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches; and motorcycles.

•  Buses, commercial buses and motor coaches; and motorcycles.

On roadways with Tier 3 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted except loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. PennDOT will pre-treat roadways where necessary ahead of the storm to help prevent ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm. However, salt is not a silver bullet, and drivers may encounter icy spots on the roadway. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.



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Virginia state police urge motorists to delay travel during storm


State police said Sunday that Virginians should plan ahead and avoid traveling during the upcoming storm that will strike large portions of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say they’re preparing for the winter weather that’s poised to affect much of the state. And they say Virginia’s drivers should be too.

State police said Sunday that Virginians should plan ahead and avoid traveling during the upcoming storm that will strike large portions of Virginia.

The National Weather Service is calling for accumulations of snow as well as combinations of rain and sleet in the early morning hours of Monday morning. State police are urging motorists to delay travel to give crews an opportunity to treat and clear the roadways.

State police are already preparing. The agency said it will have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

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State Police Urge Motorists to Delay Travel During Storm | Virginia News


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say they’re preparing for the winter weather that’s poised to affect much of the state. And they say Virginia’s drivers should be too.

State police said in a news release Sunday that Virginians should plan ahead and avoid traveling during the upcoming storm that will strike large potions of Virginia.

The National Weather Service is calling for accumulations of snow as well as combinations of rain and sleet in the early morning hours of Monday morning. State police are urging motorists to delay travel to give crews an opportunity to treat and clear the roadways.

State police are already preparing. The agency said it will have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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SCVNews.com | Motorists Traveling to Mountains Urged to Take Precautions


The California Department of Transportation partnered with multiple agencies in San Bernardino County Thursday to provide safety tips and information for motorists traveling to mountain areas during the holidays.

A recent storm and another one projected next week by the National Weather Service (NWS) will bring more snow to mountain communities and resorts before Saturday, Dec. 25.

Important information was provided to the public who plan to visit the mountains this winter by Caltrans, the County of San Bernardino Public Works, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol (CHP), United States Forest Service, California Department of Forestry (Cal-Fire), and the National Weather Service.

– Check weather conditions before you go https://www.weather.gov/sgx/ and traffic conditions http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

– Add time to your trip in the event there are delays on the roadways. Try not to travel during peak times – Friday, Saturday and Sundays are the busiest on mountain routes during snow conditions. Leave a day early and a day later if possible.

– Bring tire chains to mountain regions during winter months (November through April) even if there is no chain control at the time. Weather conditions change rapidly without notice.

– Prepare your vehicle for travel – check tires, wipers, engine fluids and have a full tank of gas.

– Bring a charged cell phone and charger.

– Bring warm clothing and appropriate shoes/boots for snow conditions.

Never install chains or snow play in the roadway or traffic lanes.

– When snowing, permitted chain installers are there to install your chains for a nominal fee.

– Did you know? The new fine for a citation in a “No Parking” zone on local and state highways in San Bernardino County mountain areas is now $150.00! Please do not park in no parking areas.

– Bring a trash bag – the Clean CA campaign urges all Californians to keep our state beautiful and to please dispose of litter in trash receptacles. Remember that litter is very harmful to wildlife when left behind. Please don’t feed the bears!

– Do not leave broken sleds behind – take them with you and trash them in the appropriate receptacle.

– Always keep watch on your children.

– It is illegal to vend from state highways and BBQing is also not allowed in turnouts.

– Go to legal snow play areas for recreation https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81723. Never trespass on private property.

– Slow down, provide ample distance to the car in front of you and have patience while driving on mountain routes. Use turnouts if you are driving too slow for motorists behind you.

– Really important! Steer clear of snowplows and heavy equipment working to keep the roads open for everyone! In other words, Don’t Crowd the Plow!

– If it’s raining and you approach running water across the road – Turn Around Don’t Drown!





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Travel warning: Authorities ask motorists to stay off the roads | Local News


WATERLOO – Authorities are warning motorists to stay off the roads this morning (Thursday) following an overnight ice storm responsible for several semi crashes and two collisions that demolished squad cars.

Two semis rolled in an accident on Highway 218 near the intersection with Cedar Wapsi Road, said Capt. Mark Herbst with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

He said there were also tractor-trailer crashes on Interstate 380 near the Gilbertville exit.

Herbst said there were also numerous accidents between those two locations.

Two Sheriff’s Office squad patrol vehicles were struck while deputies were working the collisions, Herbst said. He said no serious injuries were reported in the squad car crashes.

Rural roads in Black Hawk County are 100 percent ice covered, Herbst said.

In town, Waterloo street department trucks are spreading salt.

Accumulating snowfall is possible Friday into Friday Night for parts of central and northern Iowa, including much of the Highway

20 corridor. A light wintry mix is also possible over central Iowa.

This may lead to slick travel conditions. Visibility may be reduced during snow, especially with gusty winds.



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UPDATE 1-U.S. road travel rose 11.5% in July as motorists near pre-pandemic driving


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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – U.S. motorists drove 11.5% more miles in July as driving nearly matched pre-COVID levels and more Americans returned to offices and took leisure trips.

The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday motorists drove 290.1 billion miles in July, up 30 billion miles over June 2020 as overall travel was nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. In July 2019, U.S. motorists logged 292.9 billion miles.

Rural driving in June and July surpassed pre-COVID levels, while urban driving has risen but has not yet fully recovered. In July, U.S. motorists drove 95.6 billion miles on rural roads and 194.5 billion miles on urban roads and streets. The biggest increase was in the West in July, where travel was up 13.1%.

For all of 2020, U.S. road travel fell 13.2% to 2.83 trillion miles, the lowest yearly total since 2001. The current 12-month moving average is 3.03 trillion miles.

U.S. gasoline consumption is expected to average 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, up from 8 million bpd in 2020, the Energy Information Administration has said.

Still, the EIA added U.S. gasoline consumption will remain below 2019 levels through 2022 due to the proliferation of people working from home.

Traffic deaths rose 7.2% in 2020 — hitting the highest yearly total since 2007 — despite the decline in driving due to impaired drivers, speeding, a failure to wear seats beats and other unsafe behavior.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it estimated 8,730 people died in car crashes in the first three months of 2021, up 10.5% over the same period in 2020, despite a 2.1% drop in the number of miles driven.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)



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Harvest season is here; motorists remain alert for slow-moving farm equipment – WBIW




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