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Hope it turns out OK. Apparently the car driver could not see the bright green tractor. He must have been on the side checking something, the owner was under the tractor for a bit.


Meanwhile is a 30' Grady White.
 

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I know some people have to travel down the road on their tractor but I would find a way to avoid it at all costs. Half the time I don't feel safe even in my F350.

Be careful out there:bigthumb:
 

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Half the time I don't feel safe even in my F350.

Be careful out there:bigthumb:
My 584 probably out-weighs a F350 truck,,



Last year, in another part of Virginia, a guy with an almost identical 2WD version of my tractor was hit by a large truck, on a highway,,

The impact was so severe, the tractor was broke in half near the clutch,,, :flag_of_truce:

Since reading that article, I get a two vehicle escort if a tractor has to go on a road,,,:dunno:
 

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I think a lot of time people don't realize how slow tractors are moving compared to trucks and cars on the highway.

If they are not paying attention, they're on your butt before they realize it.

Hope the guy on the tractor makes out OK with nothing severe, under a tractor is not a good place to be.
 

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I know some people have to travel down the road on their tractor but I would find a way to avoid it at all costs. Half the time I don't feel safe even in my F350.

Be careful out there:bigthumb:
I wouldn't run anything smaller than the 4510 on the road, especially here in Indiana with all the hills. if you get hit you want as much weight as possible. I usually never have issues though- i think people generally recognize that my area is a farming area so equipment is expected. Maybe i'm lucky. Obviously being stupid and doing things like driving on the highway will increase the chances of being killed.

I run a 6330 every now and then. I think that getting hit in that would probably end worse for the car. A 5000 pound sedan vs. a 12,000 pound tractor is no contest. Plus the tractor has the height advantage. :greentractorride:. The situation would be reversed for the 4510 though- 5000 pound car vs. 3000 pound tractor is also no contest.
 

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About two months ago a farmer was killed just north of here. I can’t remember what model but it was an 11,000 pound tractor. A box truck hit him and broke the rear axle.
thats another story all together. A tractor is sure to lose that fight.
 

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I travel the road with my 2025 probably more than any others I've heard mention on this forum. One mile up to the horse barn and pretty much most of our doings, it's a scary world out there.
 

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Looking at the picture and reading the text, it appears to me that the driver hit the trailer being towed by the tractor, that pushed the tractor causing it to jack-knife and over turn.

The trailer does have a SMV sign, but I wonder if the trailer had any working lights hooked up to the tractor. Not trying to excuse the car driver.
 

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Looking at the picture and reading the text, it appears to me that the driver hit the trailer being towed by the tractor, that pushed the tractor causing it to jack-knife and over turn.

The trailer does have a SMV sign, but I wonder if the trailer had any working lights hooked up to the tractor. Not trying to excuse the car driver.
I think you are correct.

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I travel the road with my 2025 probably more than any others I've heard mention on this forum. One mile up to the horse barn and pretty much most of our doings, it's a scary world out there.
I do quite a bit as well. Ours is Rural but the road is busier and oddly that helps some because once you get one slowed down it helps. Of course there is still the swerving around and such. Things I have learned. Do not drive in the ditch. Use the lane because you are more noticeable and people won’t try to share the lane. I do pull over if I get a few cars behind me. Follow trucks are ok but people won’t see you on a compact and will cut back in after passing the truck or not account for enough room if someone is coming the other way. Be vigilant of what is coming but they gain on you so fast it would be hard to react because some will not slow down before they cut around like it is a fun obstacle course. Keep your seat belt on, rops up and SMV sign clean and lights on. If someone is coming up fast tap your brake lights while they are back some to help be noticed, brake lights do get attention.

If you have a follow vehicle always have them block the left lane before you turn into a driveway.

On a larger tractor I am always afraid if they hit me the rear tires would carry them up to me. It’s is dangerous on a large tractor as well because a 3,000lbs car at speed has the same force as a 12,000lb tractor and the tractor has a tire with a small contact patch on the road, the diff is not locked and bar tires don’t really grab the road. Any tractor I have seen hit leaves skid marks for 50’ before it rolls or tips if the rear axle does not break. Since a tractor has a low seat usually a broke back is involved as well.
 

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I do quite a bit as well. Ours is Rural but the road is busier and oddly that helps some because once you get one slowed down it helps. Of course there is still the swerving around and such. Things I have learned. Do not drive in the ditch. Use the lane because you are more noticeable and people won’t try to share the lane. I do pull over if I get a few cars behind me. Follow trucks are ok but people won’t see you on a compact and will cut back in after passing the truck or not account for enough room if someone is coming the other way. Be vigilant of what is coming but they gain on you so fast it would be hard to react because some will not slow down before they cut around like it is a fun obstacle coarse. Keep your seat belt on, rops up and SMV sign clean and lights on. If someone is coming up fast tap your brake lights while they are back some to help be noticed, brake lights do get attention.

If you have a follow vehicle always have them block the left lane before you turn into a driveway.

On a larger tractor I am always afraid if they hit me the rear tires would carry them up to me. It’s is dangerous on a large tractor as well because a 3,000lbs car a speed has the same force as a 12,000lb tractor and the tractor has a tire with a small contact patch on the road, the diff is not locked and bar tires don’t really grab the road. Any tractor I have seen hit leaves skid marks for 50’ before it rolls or tips if the rear axle does not break. Since a tractor has a low seat usually a broke back is involved as well.
Well said Herm :good2:

Mine is the same situation, rural roads, county road and then a town road that is a dead end road where the horses are. I too always travel in the lane, actually, I believe that is the law in NY but maybe Oxpath will chime in and clarify that. The most worrisome is when bringing our loaded hay wagons down the road, no way at all to see what is behind you and we have to turn left going down to the barn. Most times my wife will go ahead of me with the mule and stop at the top of the driveway to let me know if it's clear behind me. On the 2025 I put a mirror on the left FEL upright only for this reason, I keep an eye on it the whole way so I can see traffic coming up from the rear, though I've never had anything behind that tractor that prevents me from looking back as well. I also made a SMV sign on a magnet mount so when I have the brush hog on I can at least say that I did my best.
 
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