Driving a tractor requires skill and finesse. Just like operating any other vehicle, it calls for a knowledge of basic road rules and safety precautions. If you’re interested in learning more about the complexities of driving a tractor on the road, here’s a guide to get you started.
How to Drive a Tractor on the Road
Vehicle identification is imperative. Your tractor has to be registered, and it must display both the license plate and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) number. It should also have a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign placed a minimum of three feet from the pavement. The sign should be legible to other drivers, with the triangle pointing upward. When it starts to fade and isn’t as reflective, replace it.
Courtesy is a two-way street. Tractor operators should consider the vehicles behind them; it’s always polite to pull over and allow them to pass, for example. This is especially true if there are more than three vehicles behind you. That said, it’s not always possible to safely pull over. Avoid soft or damp land that may be difficult to evacuate when the traffic passes. It’s easy for large lawn equipment to get stuck in muddy or steep areas.
Tractors, as well as implements such as wagons or trailers, need to be visible. Make sure they all have working lights. You can also add reflective tape to the edges of the vehicles to improve visibility. Although your headlights are necessary, it’s still safest not to operate a tractor or other piece of lawn equipment before sunrise or after sunset.
Proper operation of your tractor and other farm equipment is dependent on these basic rules and regulations. At Gene & Matt Tractor Sales in Winder, GA, you’ll find a wide range of tractors, tractor parts, and other heavy equipment rentals. Visit the company’s website to browse their selection, or give them a call at (770) 867-3179.