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Sharing Rural Roads Safely

Driving defensively is important for all drivers, but is especially critical for farm machinery operators. According to the National Ag Safety Database, crash fatality rates in the most rural counties are almost double what they are in urban counties. 

Here are some more surprising facts about rural driving that come from the database:

Stay safe on public roads

Especially during planting and harvest seasons, more farm vehicles share roadways with other vehicles. That includes planters, combines and other farm equipment moving from one field to another, and trucks and tractors transporting produce or farm supplies. 

To help ensure your safety: 

1. Display the Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem on all off-road vehicles.

2. Make sure emblems are in good condition and properly mounted.

3. Use proper vehicle lighting.

4. Use flashers anytime you use public roads. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) recommends 2 flashing amber lights, mounted at least 42 inches high, in both the front and rear. 

5. Comply with your state laws. For headlights and tail lights:

6. Inspect hitches to verify they are sturdy and properly mounted before towing equipment or using wagons.

7. Always use safety chains, if equipped.

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