Each year, incidents involving tractors and other farm machinery occur on public roads causing death and injury to those involved. Not to mention the untold costs in damage to equipment. Many of these accidents involve a collision with other vehicles. The rest are typically running off the road, overturning, hitting a fixed object, or falling from equipment.
The road can be a dangerous place for farm and standard vehicle drivers a like. Youth just learning to operate either a vehicle or tractor may be at an even greater risk. Their experience level and skill in handling emergencies is less than those who have been driving for many years.
Here are some points to consider when transporting farm machinery:
- All drivers should have a valid driver’s license and proper training
- Obey all traffic laws including speed limits, traffic signals, and signs
- Have clean bright slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblems on all tractors and implements
- Be sure all machinery is in good working condition including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals
- Avoid moving farm equipment on public roads between sunset and sunrise.
- Don’t tow more than one trailer over the road and use at least one safety chain in addition to the hitch
- Slow down on turns and curves
- Stay alert! Focus on driving, not the next field