Gardaí have urged road users to be vigilant towards tractors and agricultural machinery at this time of year.
Gardaí cautioned that if you are travelling behind a tractor or other slow moving vehicle, please be patient and don’t be tempted to overtake in a dangerous manner.
Road users are warned to be always be on the look out for farm machinery exiting fields and farm yards.
A Garda spokesperson said: "Farmers need to be safety conscious too. If you become aware that the traffic is building up behind you, keep left when safe to do so in order to allow others to pass safely. Never use your mobile phone while driving farm machinery on public roads."
Drivers of agricultural vehicles are also reminded of the following advice by Meath Crime Prevention on Facebook:
• Wash down all wheels regularly to avoid carrying mud and stones onto the public road.
• Be particularly careful when transporting material such as silage, slurry, sand and gravel so that it does not spill on the road and pose a risk to other road users.
• Do not overload trailers in a manner that would cause them to be unstable on the road.
• Look out for low bridges, overhanging trees, overhead cables and uneven road surfaces which could cause the load to shift and possibly overturn.
• The driving mirror must always provide an adequate view of the road and all agricultural vehicles must have proper working brakes on both tractor and trailer units. All agricultural vehicles must be fitted with lights, reflectors and indicators.
• Large farming vehicles should consider using an escort vehicle to warn other road users and ensure that tractors are driven at an appropriate speed for the road conditions.
• Never let an inexperienced driver use machinery.
• Ensure that equipment/machinery has been serviced properly and is in good working order.
• Be careful when using equipment which you may not have used for some time.
• Do not “risk it” - if you do not know how to use the equipment get someone to advise you or find out how to use it safely.
• Particular care is needed while using chainsaws.
• Children should ALWAYS be supervised on farms.
• Visitors (including family relatives) may not be familiar with a farm environment and should be accompanied when out on the farm.
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