Traffic Jam: Harvest season brings loaded big rigs to the highway

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) You might have noticed more farm trucks on the road, and that's because it's harvest season.

Trucks will carry thousands of pounds of potatoes and sugar beets over many of our area's highways for the next few weeks as harvest wraps up.

The managers of these operations want you to be patient and mindful of the equipment.

That might mean being patient behind them or making sure to give them room if you decide to pass.

It’s “pretty annoying when you're trying to stop something that weighs 80,000 pounds, 100,000 pounds, and you got a little car in front of you,” said Landon Driscoll, the production manager at the Driscoll Brothers Jerome farm.

Driscoll said if the semi hits the car, it would “smash like a pop can.”

In addition to driving around them, Idaho Transportation Department said to be mindful of what the trucks leave behind. As they drive through fields, they can drag dirt and mud onto the roadway, and that could cause your car to slide.

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