Harvest season is upon us, which means you’ll be on the road more frequently in your farm tractors.
Before you take your farm equipment on public roads, make sure you follow these five simple tips to keep you, your equipment, and others as safe as possible.
1. Understand your local laws
There are rules and regulations around what pieces of equipment can and can’t be on public roads. Before you hit the road with your tractor, make sure you check these guidelines.
2. Check your equipment
It’s important to know how wide and tall your equipment is, so you’re prepared when you come to an under- or overpass. Also, make sure your turn signals, headlights and flashers are all working properly. If you’re hauling a trailer, double check to ensure the signals on the trailer work, too!
3. Add a “slow-moving vehicle” sign
Most farm implements are required to have a reflective “slow-moving vehicle” sign attached to their rear. Make sure yours is properly attached and visible to cars traveling behind you.
4. Don’t drive distracted
There are a lot of distractions in your cab – but it’s important to keep your eyes on the road. Roads are unfortunately not made for farm equipment, so it’s your responsibility to keep yourself and others as safe as possible.
5. Check your protection
Unfortunately, there are frequent accidents involving farm equipment on rural roads. Most of the time, it’s other drivers not having enough patience which results in sideswiping or rear-ending a tractor. Accidents do happen, which is why you need to have proper coverage to help pay for repairs.
Farm insurance policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company®, Bloomington, Illinois.