Roadway Safety During Harvest Season
About one-third of fatal tractor accidents occur on public roads,
according to the National Safety Council. That’s why we're sharing the
following tips for road safety during harvest season:
- Plan the best route in advance. Avoid busy streets and towns when possible. Avoid narrow bridges, blind hills and generally unsafe areas along the way.
- Allow 1/2 the roadway to oncoming traffic and behind you.
- Try to move equipment during daylight hours whenever possible. Avoid
moving farm equipment on public roads between sunset and sunrise or anytime
when visibility is limited to 500 feet.
- Properly light your farm equipment. Ensure turn signals, headlights and
taillights conform to state vehicle codes.
- Use amber flashers to provide warning to motorists that hazards may
- Have slow moving vehicle emblems and reflectors in place on all tractors and implements. Emblems should be clean and in good condition.
- Make sure your load does not obscure lights and warning devices. Pay
special attention to the outward edge of equipment.