Did you know that 30,000 accidents involving farm machinery occur annually on public roads in the United States?...That most machinery such as tractors have a maximum speed of only 20 miles per hour?...and that machinery operators cannot hear approaching traffic due to engine noise? They must rely totally on their vision and the skills of other drivers to avert road hazards.
When other traffic is traveling at 55 miles per hour, instantaneous and positive identification of slow moving vehicles will save lives. The slow moving vehicle triangle in red and fluorescent orange colors mounted on the rear or flashing caution lights allow speedy identification and time for other drivers to adjust their speed.
Motor vehicle safety including use of tractors and other farm machinery begins with courtesy. Machinery operators should drive on the shoulder of paved highways and other drivers should be patient and pass with care.
Remember you share the road with others. A safe driver looks out for other drivers and potential hazards.
The primary rule for safe highway operation of any vehicle is to be able to see and be seen!
This message is brought to you by the Agricultural Health and Safety Center, Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences of the University of California at Davis.
This radio public service announcement was produced by the Agricultural Health and Safety Center, Applied Behavioral Sciences of the University of California at Davis. For further information contact Jenny Rodriguez, UCCE, Ag. Bldg., County Civic Center, Visalia, CA 93291-4584, (209) 733-6491.
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