14 Tractor Safety Tips
We want to help you understand how to operate your equipment more safely.
And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor and implements when the time is right.
Let’s get to it.
The importance of safety cannot be overstated.
All it takes is one incident to get seriously injured or perhaps result in a fatality.
So let’s jump into the 14 tractor safety tips...
Have a rollover protection system (ROPS). The safest tractor has a ROPS with an enclosed cab. The second safest tractor has a four-post ROPS. The third safest tractor has a two-post ROPS. New tractors come with ROPS.
Take preventive measures to avoid slips, trips, and falls. Slow down. Use handholds, steps, and three-point mounting/dismounting procedures.
Avoid rear overturns. Understand the principles of rear-axle torque and how quickly it can happen. Hitch only to the drawbar.
Keep PTO guards in place. Never use an implement missing a guard.
Match the operator and tractor. Consider a person’s size, experience, and decision-making ability relative to the size and sophistication of the tractor and the implements.
One person per tractor seat. A child is not safe on a tractor. Extra riders compromise the operator’s attention to detail and decision-making.
Stay protected. Stay on the seat and use the seat belt.
Good maintenance only. Your checklist should include brakes, guards, hazard decals, signals, lights, and all the other safety devices.
Avoid side rollovers. You must understand the principles of center of gravity and centrifugal force on slopes and hillsides.
Limit mixing tractors and roadway traffic. When possible, travel at off-peak times. If you must be on the road, use clean, highly reflective slow-moving vehicle emblems, turn signals, flashing lights and escort vehicles. When possible, pull off and let traffic pass. By motioning another driver