Since agriculture is the primary driving force behind Kentucky's economy, it isn't surprising to see large farm equipment, especially tractors, traversing roadways. Farmers drive their tractors to and from the fields, and occasionally cause traffic slowdowns as a result. Stu Johnson of WEKU News points out that quite a lot of tractor drivers have gotten into collisions with other motorists. In fact, Triple A reports showed 192 motor collisions in the state involving farm machinery.
The sad thing is that these accidents may have been avoided had these farmers chosen quality tractors for sale, and if motorists exercised more common sense. Due to their sheer bulk, tractors are generally driven very slowly. This makes some motorists impatient to overtake tractors—often with disastrous results.
Johnson's article quotes Bluegrass Triple A Spokesman Christopher Oakford, who says that all motorists—whether they drive cars or tractors—can benefit from a little more understanding. According to him, farmers also get behind the wheels of trucks and cars whenever they’re not driving farm equipment, so they are quite aware how frustrating it can be to drive behind a tractor that's moving at 15 to 20 miles per hour. If you are behind a slow-moving tractor, you need to slow down as necessary to avoid a rear-end collision.
On the other hand, if the tractor you've been driving is showing signs of worsening mechanical defects, you may want to replace it with a more reliable tractor for sale to ensure your safety as well as that of your fellow motorists. You can check the various tractor models from companies with exceptionally high safety standards like Farmnet. Aside from collisions, tractor roll-over is another cause for concern.
According to the National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD), roll-over accidents are the major cause of tractor-related deaths. In fact, a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University showed that, of the tractor-related deaths reported between 1975 and 1981, 45% or 1,163 of the 2,566 total deaths were caused by roll-over accidents. Some of these tractors may even be quite old and missing modern safety features such as seat belts, modified brakes and hydraulics, and protective structures.
Johnson's article also points out that farm equipment like tractors can cost as much as $100,000 per item. For this reason, some farmers would rather buy used tractors to save money. Before buying a used tractor, however, make sure it meets the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for roll-over protective structure (ROPS) utilization.
Tractors will no doubt remain permanent fixtures on Kentucky roadways for the foreseeable future. Local motorists, therefore, need to take the necessary precautions to avoid fatalities, while tractor operators should make sure that their machine is equipped to go on the road.
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