Proper maintenance and an eye toward safety will give you and your tractor a long, healthy life together. We tend to take tractors for granted, easily forgetting that these farm necessities have the potential to be dangerous, especially when operated by an inexperienced driver. Many tractor-related accidents could have been prevented if the operator had been more aware of his surroundings and how the tractor itself was designed to perform.
General Tractor Safety Tips
Most injuries involve operating the tractor at too high a rate of speed, careless turns, a lack of attention to the terrain or bad judgment in tractor use. With a little foresight and focus, even an inexperienced operator can avoid making a tragic mistake.
Learning to Drive :
Most people will find it difficult to learn to drive a standard/manual transmission tractor on their own, especially if they don’t have experience driving a standard-transmission car. Most people will find it difficult to learn to drive a standard/manual transmission tractor on their own, especially if they don’t have experience driving a standard-transmission car. When driving down a hill, brake to stop the tractor from going too fast. If you have to stop in the middle of a steep hill – going up or down- and on takeoff let out the clutch too quickly, you could flip the tractor over.
Just as when you drive your car, it’s your responsibility to be fully aware of your surroundings, including what’s behind you or what could dart out from behind a bush. Never back up your tractor without looking behind you or move forward without being sure you have a clear path.
Passengers must never be allowed to ride on a vehicle not designed to carry them. A small bump in the road could throw them from the tractor and they could land on a wheel. Be sure you have the seat properly adjusted and that you can see a full 360° around you. You should be able to comfortably reach the steering wheel and all foot pedals.
Other safety considerations include:
- Never refuel a running tractor, and never refuel a hot tractor.
- If you’re using the tractor inside the barn, be certain that you have adequate ventilation, as the exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide.
- Keep your foot pedals clean of dirt and debris so your feet won’t slip off.
- Do not leave the tractor in neutral when you’re not sitting in the seat.
- Always set your brakes before dismounting.
- Strictly follow your tractor’s recommended maintenance schedule.
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