Know your tractor!
Young people and learners should not drive tractors unless they are
under strict supervision or unless they have received sufficient training.
A tractor is not a toy.
The following illustrations show safety features that should be
included on a tractor, as well as components that assist in its safe
|1. Roll Over
Protective Structure (ROPS).
2. Flashing amber light for towing
3. Rear tail and work lights.
7.Posture designed seat.
over-ride power steering.
11.Hydraulic power for heavy
hitch to prevent back-flipping.|
13.Draw-bar located low to
14.Protective PTO shaft cover.
16.Controls conveniently located.
platform and footrest.
18. Neutral start switch with safety
19. Shroud and shield for fan and alternator.
Weights for greater stability and traction.
21. Sun-shield to
reduce risk of skin cancer.
A tractor must be stationary when being mounted or dismounted. Never
dismount from a moving tractor.
Ascend and descend from the vehicle only from the left (clutch pedal)
side, always using the access and egress provided, and facing towards the
Do not use the right side, because:
- You may accidentally release the brake.
- The right side is crowded with controls -brake pedal, foot throttle,
- You may catch your clothing in the controls.
- Mount and dismount carefully, using the access and egress provided.
- Use controlled movements. Place your feet carefully. Take a firm
grip with your hands so that you will not fall or get your clothing
entangled if you slip.
Remember always to mount and dismount on the left side, using access
or egress provided.
- Adjust the seat so that all controls are in easy reach.
- Seat belts must be worn when driving tractors fitted with ROPS.
- Know where to find — how to operate — brakes, clutch and gears.
- Know how to stop the tractor.
- Familiarise yourself with other controls and instruments.
- Check the tractor is in neutral and the handbrake is on.
- Check power take-off is disengaged and properly guarded.
- Keep children well clear.
- Remember to wear hearing protection.
- Be very careful when crank-starting tractors. Pull the crank-
handle upwards — don't push it downwards; don't
curl your thumb around the handle. Follow these rules and your hand and
arm will be flung clear if the engine backfires. If you ignore them, the
spinning crank handle could break your arm.
- Double check brake and gears are safe before attempting to crank
start a tractor.
- Make sure the crank handle is disengaged before starting the engine
- If jump-lead starting, make sure the tractor is out of gear and all
brakes are on.
- Make sure you know your way around the tractor.
- Ensure that you have received instruction from a competent
- Read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.