What are the rules for driving farm equipment on roadways?

| Jan 26, 2021 | Car Accident |

While many drivers may groan when they see your farm equipment driving down a roadway, you need to use the public road system to help you navigate from field to field or from the farm to the field. It is the only way for you to get the equipment you need in the place you need it, and it is your right to use the roads. 

According to Connect NCDOT, you have the legal right to use any state road. 

Exceptions

However, you can only use freeways or interstates that have approval by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. When on these types of roadways, you also must have an escort vehicle driving behind you with flashing lights. 

Roads may receive approval if the department believes it will be safe for other motorists and for you considering the speed you will drive and the oversized nature of your equipment. Approved route lists are available on the website for the NCDOT. 

If you drive on an unauthorized road, you face a misdemeanor charge and other traffic charges. You also become liable for any issues you cause, including damage to other vehicles and property and injuries to individuals. 

The rules

You must follow all road rules and drive safely at all times. You should try to arrange your travel along busier roadways during nonpeak times. You also need to make sure you have a clear route to travel and ensure all roads are either state roads or authorized roads. Make sure to use warning signs and lighting, and avoid traveling in adverse weather conditions.