All vehicles that move less than 25 miles per hour must be equipped with a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) reflective emblem mounted on the back of their equipment, she says. The SMV emblem should be clean, must be clearly visible, and replacement is recommended every two to three years. Funkenbusch says flashing amber lights can be helpful, but that farmers should turn off rear spotlights since they can be mistaken for headlights. She says farmers can put temporary magnetic lighting on older farm equipment. Farmers can also use pilot cars with flashers on ahead of and behind farm equipment, especially at night. She adds farmers should also be mindful of the road itself and their own awareness. They can pull over if cars get lined up behind them, but know the conditions of the first. Be careful of soft edges on the roadway when giving way for oncoming traffic, she says. Stay alert at all times, especially since working long hours during the harvest season can impair your judgment. The time of day can be an important factor when moving equipment in more populated areas. Avoid major roadways during high traffic periods, rush hour and bad weather, or at night if possible, Funkenbusch says.
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