Farm vehicles alert to motorists

Motorists have been urged to be vigilant of tractors and other agricultural vehicles on roads throughout the summer months.

The Road Safety Authority and Irish Farmers' Association have teamed up to appeal to drivers across Ireland and the UK.

The groups are calling on motorists to remain patient when driving behind slow-moving farm vehicles and to overtake only when it is safe to avoid accidents along with claims to theircar insurance providers.

Farmers are also being urged to ensure their vehicles are covered by the appropriate insurance and are roadworthy.

They are also being advised to avoid carrying passengers on a tractor that is not equipped for the purpose.

Noel Brett, RSA chief, said: "This is a very busy time of year for farmers. It's the start of the silage cutting season and the number of tractors and trailers out using the roads will increase dramatically."

He added: "I am asking all drivers to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farm yards."

RSA and the IFA will be broadcasting a 30-second radio advertisement on national and local stations during the summer to raise further awareness of the appeal.

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