Farming is tireless and thankless work. You labor all day in various weather conditions to provide people with the food they need to survive. However, when it comes times to move equipment using public roadways, you get to see very little appreciation for what you do. Drivers get impatient and things can get dangerous as they zoom by you or try to pass you. While you can do nothing about bad drivers around you, there are some things that you can do to help keep you safer when you are on the roads in North Carolina.
The Farm Bureau Financial Services suggests that you always plan ahead before taking your farm equipment on the road. Try to avoid driving on roads at busy times. Make sure your equipment is in good condition and that all lights are working. Also, check your loads to ensure they are balanced and secure.
You should also follow all road laws. Do not travel on restricted roadways. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Always use your turning signals. Make sure that you share the road and pay attention to narrow roads or roads with soft shoulders. Communicate with drivers whenever you can to ensure you are both on the same page when it comes to maneuvering on a tricky roadway.
Make sure that know the roads on which you will travel. If this is your first time out with a piece of equipment recognize that it will drive differently than your regular vehicle and make allowances for that.
This information does not constitute legal advice. It is for educational use only.