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Roadway Safety During Harvest Season

09/23/2013 @ 6:26am

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 exist.
  • 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.

Wishing you a safe and abundant harvest!

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