Country driving calls for extra awareness
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When driving in the country

Large farm vehicles come with a unique set of challenges on public roads. These driving tips for farmers can help prevent rural road accidents.

How you can help
  • Your farm or ranch workers should be licensed drivers and trained on the equipment being driven
  • Check your equipment regularly to determine brakes, tires, lights, and steering are all working properly
  • Make sure you have good visibility
  • Are windshields and lights clean?
  • Are there blind spots?
  • Make sure other drivers can see you
  • Use your headlights and flashing lights
  • Use escort vehicles ahead and behind (with flashing lights) if necessary
  • Trim over-grown weeds or grasses at corners of your property that keep drivers from seeing cross traffic
  • Use a slow-moving-vehicle (SMV) emblem
  • Be aware of the condition of the roads you’ll be driving on, such as narrow bridges, ditches close to the road, and sharp curves
  • Don’t allow extra riders for any reason
  • Maintain appropriate speed
  • Follow the same laws as other motorists: stop at stop signs, signal for turns, and obey the speed limit

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