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Tips for Driving a Tractor on the Road

Tips for Driving a Tractor on the Road

Driving a tractor on the road can sound overwhelming for many owners, but it doesn't have to be. With the right preparation and driving skills, you can confidently drive your machine on a public road safely and efficiently. Whether you're hauling materials or moving your tractor from one farm to another, these tips will help you enjoy a smooth ride.

Keep reading this guide to learn more about staying safe when driving a tractor on the road, and for more information, contact Gateway Dealer Network.

Check Your Lights and Reflectors

You will require proper lights and reflectors on your tractor when driving on the road. Ensure your lights—including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights—are bright and functional and replace a hazy light before hitting the road.

You also want reflectors placed on both sides of your tractor's rear wheels to ensure other drivers can easily see you when approaching from either direction. Additionally, check that your rearview mirrors are properly adjusted so you can clearly see what’s behind you.

Gather Documents

In most states, tractors must have special permits to drive on public roads. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles to find out what type of permit you require to drive a tractor in your area. You may also need proof of insurance to get a permit—so contact your insurance provider.


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Get Proper Signage

Tractors are slow-moving vehicles, and you want to avoid your model’s speed from jeopardizing your safety and the safety of other motorists on the road.

Before hitting the road, remember to mount an SMV sign on your tractor or on the cargo you plan to haul. You also want to abide by the posted speed limits and maintain extra following distance to give yourself plenty of time and space when stopping or turning.

We hope you find this guide handy when driving your tractor on a public road. If you need more advice or are still in the market for a tractor, visit Gateway Dealer Network. We have an impressive collection of agricultural equipment for sale, and we can help you pick a model that fits your needs. You can call us today to speak to our team or visit us at our headquarter in Columbia, MO.

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