Clemson Agricultural Safety

Tractor Safety and Rural Roadway Safety

Tractor Safety and Rural Roadway Safety

While on rural roads, many people may encounter farm vehicles. Many incidents reported throughout the United States involve a tractor or farm vehicle and a passenger vehicle. It is essential to always remain aware of your surroundings, whether operating a tractor or passenger vehicle.

Tips for the farmer

  • Keep all slow moving vehicle signs on the tractor and clean. These signs help signify to other roadway users that the vehicle is operating below the speed limit.
  • Ensure that all flashing lights work properly so as to remain seen by others.
  • If possible, travel roadways during light traffic. This limits the number of passenger vehicles that you will come in contact with.
  • Always remain observant and aware of those that are around you.

Tips for the general public

  • Slow down as soon as you see a farm vehicle or tractor. These vehicles are moving at a slower rate of speed than the average roadway vehicle.
  • Never follow too close to a farm vehicle. Some farm vehicles might not be able to stop as quickly as a passenger vehicle.
  • Be understanding of the time of year. During harvest or planting times, there will be a larger number of farm vehicles on roadways.

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