Farm Safety Check: Roadway Safety

Farm Safety Check: Roadway Safety

APRIL 2018

Rural roads pose special dangers with curves, two-way traffic, slow-moving farm vehicles, wildlife, narrow lanes, and more. Whenever you hit the road with your machinery for field-work, check on your equipment and roadway habits to reduce the risk of a roadway incident.

Spring and fall are some of the busiest seasons for farm equipment on the road, so gear up for a safe, attentive year on the roads.


  • Is your equipment labeled with slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblems, that are in good condition?
  • Are all of your lights fully functioning and visible? Do you perform pre-travel checks?
  • Is your equipment outlined with reflective equipment to mark the wide points?
  • Are you keeping lights on whenever you’re on the road, including during the day?
  • Are you trying to travel during daylight, or using only lit equipment at night?
  • Are you always using turn signals?
  • Are your employees trained for farm equipment safety on public roads?
  • Are you keeping an eye on cars behind you? It may be helpful to pull over for cars to pass when it’s safe.

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



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Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety.