As a grassroots organization, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) represents issues and advocates for actions that matter to 38,000 farm members. One of the day-to-day concerns is road safety with farm equipment.
“For everyday drivers who may not know what a slow moving vehicle sign means, we are using social media to build awareness about how to safely interact with farm equipment on the road,” says Larry Davis, director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). “Key messages for these drivers are to slow down, share the road and wait until it’s safe to pass. We’re also directing drivers to view a short road safety video, “Road Safety and Farm Vehicles” at youtube.com/ontariofarms”
On the road, drive your equipment on the main part of the highway. It’s not illegal to drive on the shoulder, but it may not support the weight of your equipment. Stay off your smartphone -- the rules for distracted driving also apply when you are driving equipment. Keep your maximum speed to 40 km/h and take the time to check twice when turning on and off busy roadways for drivers who may be anxious to race past.
Be sure there is a visible slow moving vehicle sign on anything that travels on roadways, including tractors, combines, self-propelled vehicles and sprayers, and anything being towed.
Keep lights on for safety. Lights must be on farm equipment from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise, but best practices are to just keep them on all the time. Farm equipment on public roads must have two white headlights and one red taillight. And towed implements must have at least one red taillight.
For more road safety tips, visit ofa.on.ca/roadsafety.
Source: Ontario Federation of Agriculture October 18, 2019 news release