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Road Safety for Tractors


I am a very impatient driver and might not always stay as cool as I should when there is a hold up in traffic. Depending on where you live, you are likely to be either sharing the road with a tractor or you may be the farmer struggling to safely share the road with other vehicles. No matter which role you play in this dilemma, here are some handy tips on sharing the road from the American Farm Bureau Federation:

1. When you first see a tractor or combine on the road, your first instinct should be to slow down. For the most part tractors and combines top speed is 20-24 miles per hour. That means that a car traveling at 55 mph can overtake and close a gap of 300 foot with a tractor running 15 mph in about five seconds.

2. Look for a place to pull over. I personally had rather pull my tractor over and allow the motorist to drive past. If you choose to pull over make sure that you do not stop in front of mailboxes, road signs and utility poles.

3. Farmers should be courteous to motorist and allow them to pass when safe. Slow down and/or pull your tractor over to allow for passing.

4. All parties need to be patient. Farmers have an important job to do and we are not on the roadway to inconvenience motorist. We want to arrive to the field as quickly and as safely as possible.

5. When traveling on two lane roads beware that just around the next corner a slow moving tractor could be waiting. For your safety and mine, do not use these roads to practice for the Indianapolis 500. Source:The Voice of Agriculture

Keep safe!
Where is the craziest place you have ever driven your tractor to?

7 Responses to “Road Safety for Tractors”

  • JOSE EDUARDO:

    very good

  • hopana:

    i like it, all tractor drivers on Facebook should read this hahaha

  • Raoul used kubota tractors guy:

    Important advice this one, you did well in sharing it. Everybody should know about this, there are too much accidents evolving tractors

  • used digger derricks:

    There has to be road safety rules for all transport and vehicles.The roads are crowded with transport and the number of accidents have also increased by the day.

  • Option Tips:

    I really appreciate what you share with us. Really good~ I would like to share something with you and other visitors as well.

    Safety can be improved by reducing the chances of a driver making an error, or by designing vehicles to reduce the severity of crashes that do occur. Most industrialized countries have comprehensive requirements and specifications for safety-related vehicle devices, systems, design, and construction. These may include:

    * Passenger restraints such as seat belts — often in conjunction with laws requiring their use — and airbags
    * Crash avoidance equipment such as lights and reflectors
    * Driver assistance systems such as Electronic Stability Control
    * Crash survivability design including fire-retardant interior materials, standards for fuel system integrity, and the use of safety glass
    * Sobriety detectors: These interlocks prevent the ignition key from working if the driver breathes into one and it detects significant quantities of alcohol. They have been used by some commercial transport companies, or suggested for use with persistent drunk-driving offenders on a voluntary basis.

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  • Jamy Johnson:

    Thanks for all of the comments!This is important advice that should be shared with everyone!

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