Drivers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, are being urged to take extra care on the roads as headers and trucks mobilise to take off the biggest crop in years.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole says the bumper harvest means more heavy vehicles and farm machinery on the roads as well as a surge in activity on level crossings where trains are rarely seen.

“A big harvest means a lot of grain to move and often a lot more machinery like headers on our roads which hasn’t been as common during the drought,” said Toole.

“We need all road users to be patient, to slow down and allow extra travel time. Trucks may also have trailers attached and can be longer or wider than expected, so road users need to take extra care when changing lanes and should not try and overtake until it is safe.”

An awareness campaign run by Transport for NSW, in partnership with GrainCorp, is promoting road safety messages to road users on strategically-placed electronic message signs along key harvest routes this season.