Here's an Annual Road Risk for Many Indiana Drivers

Indiana is a state where vehicle accidents of virtually every type occur. Safety regulators, transportation officials and enforcement entities have a non-stop focus on car crashes that are a steady feature on complex urban roadways. Bicyclists are a constant concern, as are motorcyclists and pedestrians. The state’s vast highway system and status as a central corridor for the interstate movement of goods makes truck safety a top-tier consideration.

And then there is the hinterland. Not only does Indiana feature a number of distinct metros that span the state, but also a massive intrastate road grid as well that connects many hundreds of smaller towns traversed by diverse types of vehicles.

Like outsized agricultural equipment on wheels, which mark a steady and slow-moving presence on rural roads.

You know those behemoths. They move at a crawl, take up most of the road and both block the visibility and test the patience of passenger-vehicle drivers.

That makes them an instant danger, especially at this time of the year. One in-state publication recently underscored that, alerting motorists on Indiana’s less-traveled roads to take special care presently owing to the annual harvest system.

That is a necessary and sobering reminder, given the yearly agricultural activities that are now literally spilling out onto Indiana roadways. A state official duly reminds motorists that Indiana’s 14 million-plus acres of farmland make surrounding rural routes potentially problematic currently.

And deadly, as well. Reportedly, more than 90 fatal crashes involving farm equipment like combines and grain-laden tractors occurred nationally last year. Six of those catastrophic outcomes occurred in Indiana.

Indiana officials have provided a list of safety tips germane to travel on state rural routes this time of year. A foremost recommendation offered to motorists operating near large mobile farm equipment is both simple and obvious: Be patient.