Beware of farming vehicles on Latvia's roads during grain harvest

In the last two weeks, three people have lost their lives in road traffic accidents involving agricultural machinery, the Ministry of Transport (SM) said August 18.

The Ministry said that currently, during the harvesting of grain, the country's roads are being used more intensively by agricultural machinery and drivers should be more careful, especially when overtaking large, slow vehicles.

A study carried out by the SM this year shows that outside populated areas, 71% of car drivers speed, the figure being 59% in populated areas.

Tālivaldis Vectirāns, Director of the Transport Infrastructure Department, said  that drivers must make sure that the road is wide enough and there are no vehicles in the opposite lane. It is also necessary to make sure that the agricultural vehicle does not turn left. “If the agricultural vehicle slows down and drives closer to the right side of the road, the driver may be preparing to make a wide left turn, as the agricultural vehicles require a greater radius to perform the maneuver. It should also be noted that, sometimes, in order to make a wide right turn, the driver must enter the left side of the road”, said Vectirāns.

 

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