Defensive Driving Tips for You as a Rural Motorist

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When you are the motorist:
  • Be alert. Watch for your neighbors and other slow-moving farm equipment on the road and adjust your driving accordingly. Give them the courtesy that you would expect if you were on the equipment.
  • When you encounter slow-moving equipment, slow down, keep your distance and assess the situation. Watch for farm lanes or agribusiness into which the equipment might be turning.
  • Do not pass until you are certain the way is clear. Make sure the operator is aware of your intentions.

Take extra caution when passing farm equipment.
  • Be patient. Before you pass, check your rear view mirror for other approaching vehicles. Remember you have already slowed down and don’t want to be hit by other traffic.

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Other Documents in the Series

  Safe Transporation of Farm Equipment Section 1
Hazards on Rural Roads
Types of Road Incidents Resulting in Injury and Death
Prevention of Farm Equipment Incidents on Public Roads
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This information published to the web on March 25, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on October 24, 2017.