Understanding Emergency Protocol
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Understanding Emergency Protocol

A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.


Understanding Emergency Protocol

Can You Drive Farm Equipment On Public Roads In New York Or Must It Be Towed?

Eevi Annala

When you're driving along on rural roads in New York State, you are very likely to come upon farm equipment. It moves slow, takes up space, and annoys you. It's perfectly normal to wonder if this farm equipment even belongs on the road when it's supposed to be out in the fields. Is it supposed to be towed?

Can Someone Drive Farm Equipment on Public Roads?

Yes. It is perfectly legal for a farmer to drive his equipment on the roads around his farm. Many farms have land on both sides of the road or even a few miles away from the barn and house. What if their land is separated by someone else's property? They have to get to it somehow, right? Any equipment used for agricultural purposes is considered farm equipment and can be driven on public roads.

What Laws Must Farm Equipment Follow When on Public Roads?

The following rules must be followed when operating farm equipment on public roads:

  • The equipment must not exceed 12 to 17 feet wide. Anything more takes up too much of the road, and other drivers can't pass.
  • Weight of the vehicle and anything it is carrying must not exceed 26,000 pounds.
  • The equipment must not go faster than 25mph. Yes, this is the annoying part when you are on the road, but consider a giant harvester with pointed spikes on the front barreling toward you going 55 mph on a small back road. Slow is safe.
  • The operator can only drive the equipment during daylight hours. Generally, this mean a half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset. Driving in the dark is dangerous for the others on road.
  • The operator can't drive the equipment on the road if the weather is bad. There must be clear visibility up to 1000 feet. If you see a tractor on the road during a rainstorm, keep your distance.
  • The operator can't drive farther than 50 miles from the farm. This is quite a distance, which is why farmers are supposed to allow drivers to pass as soon as there is a safe place to do so.
  • All farm equipment must have the designated sign that represents it as a slow-moving vehicle. This is that well recognized bright triangle.

When Must Farm Equipment Be Towed By Equipment Movers?

If a piece of farm equipment doesn't fulfill of the requirements above then it must be hauled to a location using heavy equipment movers. Let's say a farmer purchases a new piece of equipment from a company a 100 miles away and needs to get to the farm. That farmer can't just drive the new equipment along the highway to the farm. It must be delivered on a truck bed. Some local laws require certain farm equipment to be hauled on a truck because it is too dangerous on the roads. Check your locals laws if you are unsure.

For more information about heavy duty towing, contact Express Tow & Recovery or a similar company.