Each spring the rural countryside blossoms with an abundance of moving farm machinery as farmers begin transporting machines from one field to the next. In the rush of spring planting, think safety.
Each year incidents involving tractors and other farm machinery occur on public roads. The result can be death and injury, as well as untold costs in damage to equipment.
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Here are some points to consider when transporting farm machinery:
• When assigning driving tasks make sure operators have a valid drivers license and have proper training.
• Obey all traffic laws, including speed limits, traffic signals, and signs.
• Have clean and bright slow-moving vehicle emblems on all tractors and implements.
• Be sure brakes are in good working condition.
• Don’t move farm equipment on public roads between sunset and sunrise.
• Farm equipment should be properly lighted, including turn signals, headlights, flashing amber, and tail lights.
• Equip all tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and instruct all operators to wear seat belts.
• Never tow more than one trailer over the road and always use at least one safety chain in addition to the
• Always slow down on turns and curves. A tractor’s turning radius is much smaller than that of most
Remember, you may be preoccupied with planting the next corn field when transporting machinery. Stay alert
and make it there in one piece.