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    Tractor Operation On/Near Roads

    This happened locally:

    Hubert Brown: Whitewater Township trustee dies after tractor crash - Story

    Please remember that operating on (or even near) a road should be done with extreme caution. Especially with the snow season upon us, let's all have fun and live to tell about it.

    Don't depend on lights or signs to be seen. You should also not consider yourself safe because you're not even close to the road. Cars can and will travel far after they've left the highway.
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    Sorry to hear this. I lost a uncle years ago in a farm accident and a farmer near DeWitt was killed last fall during harvest. Every body please be careful and keep your eyes open
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    Waynesboro crash involving tractor turns fatal

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    WAYNESBORO, Pa --

    QUINCY TOWNSHIP, FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa ó Two people are dead after an SUV drifts into a farm tractor in Franklin County on Saturday 

    According to state police the SUV was travelling South on Wayne Highway around 3:00 p.m. when it drifted into a farm tractors path.

    The passenger of the SUV was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Both the passenger and the driver of the SUV were pronounced dead on scene.

    Nobody in the tractor was injured.


    always be safe driving on roads
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    Always makes me nervous cleaning snow from the ends of my and neighbors driveways. People just wonít slow down, Iím on a fairly quite back road but it only takes one idiot. Same when we are pulling implements and hay wagons from fields, canít never be too carful. Sorry to hear about this, feel for him and family.
    About three years ago a guy that works with my wife was on his golf cart getting the mail when someone hit and killed him. Always sad to hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    Always makes me nervous cleaning snow from the ends of my and neighbors driveways. People just wonít slow down, Iím on a fairly quite back road but it only takes one idiot. Same when we are pulling implements and hay wagons from fields, canít never be too carful. Sorry to hear about this, feel for him and family.
    About three years ago a guy that works with my wife was on his golf cart getting the mail when someone hit and killed him. Always sad to hear.
    I'm with you on that one. My 2720 has front and rear lights but virtually nothing that is visible from the side. I always hold my breath any time I am turning around at the end of the driveway or crossing our little two lane road. Before last snow season I added a super bright Class 1 LED strobe to my ROPS. It doesn't protect me 100% from idiot drivers but I'm 200% more visible than I was before.
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    At the other end of the spectrum.....

    I live in the mountains. In order to get to civilization, I drive through an active agricultural area (mostly Amish). There's a farmer who cultivates a number of fields and he drives one of these on a state highway to get from one field to another:

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    The problem is not just when you get stuck behind him. With a cultivator hanging off the back the damn thing is SO WIDE that it overhangs enough into the OPPOSITE LANE that you could either be crushed or run into the ditch if you run into him coming the other way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    I live in the mountains. In order to get to civilization, I drive through an active agricultural area (mostly Amish). There's a farmer who cultivates a number of fields and he drives one of these on a state highway to get from one field to another:

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    The problem is not just when you get stuck behind him. With a cultivator hanging off the back the damn thing is SO WIDE that it overhangs enough into the OPPOSITE LANE that you could either be crushed or run into the ditch if you run into him coming the other way!

    Al
    I had to follow two combines for about two miles last week. They were taking up about 80% of two lanes. Approaching traffic was pulling off the road to let them pass. Rural roads, NOT the highway. What really surprised me was how fast they were able to go, 25+mph, that's faster than either of my tractors will go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm with you on that one. My 2720 has front and rear lights but virtually nothing that is visible from the side. I always hold my breath any time I am turning around at the end of the driveway or crossing our little two lane road. Before last snow season I added a super bright Class 1 LED strobe to my ROPS. It doesn't protect me 100% from idiot drivers but I'm 200% more visible than I was before.
    I mounted a 8 x 12' Class 1 strobing LED on my ROPS, I am on the road more than most. Born and raised around it with tractors in farm country, but it is different nowadays, not as many farms, tractors and implements are getting bigger to maximize efficiency and everyone seems more distracted than years ago.
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    I to have added many LED lights for plowing in the winter. It does help, you still need eyes in the back of your head, My theory is: "People run into Trains every day". So be careful out there.
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    My FIL is always stressing that all you can do is all that you CAN do. Clean, unfaded SMV sign, flashers on on the tractor and whenever you have the opportunity to pull over then do so. It is simply not the best situation to be driving a tractor with a top speed of maybe 20 and very limited visibility, especially when implements or a loaded hay wagon are mixed in. Do your part and try and stay safe, that is all we can do as the tractor operators.
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