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Safety on Roads:
A Cooperative Approach

N.C. State Cooperative Extension agents throughout the state have been working with the Agricultural Safety and Health Section (ASH) to promote safety on rural roads. Agents in Cabarrus, Catawba, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Onslow, Rockingham, Stokes, Washington and Yadkin counties presented an instructional slide show at their agricultural meetings during the past months. The slide show, a PowerPoint presentation developed by former ASH intern Vanya Jones, highlights highway safety issues pertaining to the use of farm equipment on state roadways. Prior to the presentation, a short test is given regarding the material that will be viewed. After the presentation, the same test is given. Slow moving vehicle (SMV) signs are given to those participating. The SMV signs were acquired through a grant to the ASH Section from the Governor's Highway Safety Council.

If you would like information regarding the program, contact your local extension agent or call the Agricultural Safety and Health Section at (919) 807-2923, or Mark Tucker at (336) 767-8213.

Test Questions

1. Farm tractors on public roads at night are required to:

a. Be equipped with one front white light
b. Be equipped with two white lights
c. Be equipped with one rear red light or two red reflectors
d. Both a and c
e. Both b and c
f.  Not a, b, or c; farm tractors are not permitted to travel on public roads at night


2. According to the law in North Carolina, drivers of farm equipment causing delays on public roads shall:

a. Move their equipment off the paved road at the nearest practical location
b. Continue to travel until they reach their destination
c. Stop in their lane and allow traffic to pass them left of center
d. All of the above
e. None of the above; it is illegal for farm equipment to travel on public roads in North Carolina


3. The Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem is required on all farm machinery by the N.C. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Standards?

a. True
b. False


4. How far above should a Slow Moving Vehicle emblem be mounted on the rear of farm machinery?

a. As high as possible
b. 9 to 12 feet
c. 2 to 4 feet
d. As low as possible

5. If you have one rear red light where is the recommended place for it to be mounted?

a. As far left as possible
b. In the center of the machinery
c. As far right as possible
d. Anywhere that is visible to other drivers


6. The Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem is an orange triangle outlined in red. It is used to identify what?

a. It is used to identify large machinery
b. It is used to identify machinery traveling at 25 mph or less
c. The Slow Moving Vehicle emblem is just a warning symbol

7. Farm machinery that is being towed that covers brake lights must be equipped with:
a. Nothing, farmers can use hand signals to identify stopping
b. A stop lamp that is activated by the foot brake of the towing unit.



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