As we head into fall, more and more farmers will be busy trying to get their harvest in on time, which means more farm machinery will be on the road than normal.

In a press release, Manitoba Public Insurance said that, on average, there are 40 collisions involving vehicles and agricultural equipment every year.

One of the factors that lead to an increased risk of these rare accidents is the shortening amount of daylight hours.

Required safety equipment for farm machinery includes a slow-moving vehicle emblem that is clearly visible at the rear, and rear left and right side red reflectors.

At night, headlights, red tail lights, and flashing amber warning lamps must be in use.

Motorists are asked to give farm machinery room, move carefully around them, be patient, and only pass when safe to do so.