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Do's and Don'ts of Tractor Safety

Tractor Safety


  • Check your gauges, instruments, oil, coolant and battery levels and that terminals are not corroded
  • Ensure you don't have any leaking fluids
  • Check that the tires are inflated properly and are free from cuts or breaks
  • Are your PTO (power take off) shields in place?
  • Are the ROPS (rollover protective structures) set properly and in good condition?
  • Check that your mirrors are clean, in place and working
  • Test your breaks
  • Wear a seat belt
  • Confirm you have a proper / working fire extinguisher
  • Is there a complete first aid kit available?
  • Did you test your lights and flashers?
  • Clear your platform from debris, grease, dust and clutter
  • Did you remember to set your parking brake?
  • Check your surroundings for pedestrians or vehicles
  • Check that your slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblem is highly visible and in good condition
  • Follow traffic laws
  • Properly hitch and attach equipment to the draw bar
  • Watch for obstructions and carry loads low to the ground
  • Protect yourself from severe weather

Have a Safe Day!


  • Wear clothing that could get caught in moving parts.
  • Get on / off a moving tractor
  • Drive on steep slopes, through ditches or over rough terrain
  • Tow implements with chains, cables or ropes
  • Carry other passengers unless equipped with an instructor seat
  • Work under a loader bucket or implement
  • Service the tractor with the engine running