Rural Road Safety for Farmers and Ranchers

From spring to fall, Alberta farmers and ranchers are back in the fields. This means an increase in slow-moving equipment on rural roads, which can create a hazard.


  • Avoid high traffic times, busy roads, bad weather and night driving.
  • Make sure all warning flashers, flags, lights and slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblems are clean, visible and working properly.
  • Use reflective tape and reflectors on equipment edges.
  • Watch for passing vehicles when making left turns.
  • Plan ahead — always use hand or turn signals.
  • Slow for sharp curves and hills.
  • Avoid overhead powerlines.
  • Consider using a pilot vehicle.
  • Stay alert for hazards such as soft shoulders, narrow bridges, loose gravel, bumps, potholes and deep ruts.
  • Pull over to allow traffic to pass, if road and shoulder conditions are safe.
  • Walkabout: adjust mirrors for good vision, maintain proper tire pressure, check hitch connections, check the load to ensure it is secure, balanced and equipped with brakes, check trailer doors are securely locked, and lock tractor brake pedals together.
  • Obey all traffic safety laws. Always drive defensively.


Remember to share the road. Be safe and be seen.

Rural Road Safety Tip Sheet


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