6 Safety Tips All Road-Savvy Farmers Follow

September 6, 2016 09:08 AM
Machinery on Road

Treat farm equipment safety on roadways seriously, urges Mike Staton with Michigan State University Extension. In his state alone, between 150 and 212 traffic collisions involving farm equipment have happened each year over the past decade.

“On average, 174 collisions involving farm equipment have occurred, causing 63 injuries and three fatalities each year in Michigan,” he notes. “Whether you are a motorist or a farmer, please do your part to make our public roads safer. This is a shared responsibility for everyone.

For farmers, Staton offers the following six best practices.

1. Always mount a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem to all tractors, combines and implements transported on public roads.

2. Never use white lights on the rear of the tractor when driving on public roads. If you don’t have a rear red light, have an escort vehicle follow within 50 feet of the tractor or implement of husbandry.

3. Always use flashing amber warning lights on public roads.

4. Check to see if traffic is backing up behind you and consider how to let traffic pass. Consider pulling over to the shoulder when it is safe for your vehicle.

5. Use turn signals or proper hand signals to communicate your intentions to motorists.

6. Never travel left of the center of the road after dark, during poor visibility or when approaching the top of a hill or a curve.

Staton’s tips for other motorists includes keeping a safe distance behind farm equipment on roadways, driving defensively when approaching oncoming farm equipment and generally staying alert around farm equipment.

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Spell Check

9/6/2016 05:59 PM

  i put the blame soley on auto drivers, lights, flashers ,turn signals, they still try passing when i'm half way through a turn. let's face it ,you can't fix stupid. anymore i don't give up any room

Lincoln, NE
9/6/2016 11:08 AM

  Great suggestions for farmers and ranchers when traveling roads with tractors and equipment. With fall harvest, now is the time to check, repair and place safety items on those implements. Retired farmers help to move machinery to the next field to be harvested. Youth also are involved driving tractors, pickups and trucks with enthusiasm to help. Great suggestions for FFA chapters as they prepare for National Farm Safety week to promote farm safety


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