About other road users

Sharing the road with tractors

You will sometimes see tractors and other farm or construction machinery on New Zealand roads. Because they are large and usually travel slower than other vehicles, you need to be especially careful when driving near them.

  • Begin to slow down as soon as you see a tractor ahead of you and watch out for any warning beacons.
  • Be patient while driving behind tractors - a few minutes of travelling at a slow speed is better than risking a crash.
  • Be extremely careful when passing and only pass when it is safe and legal to do so (see Passing for more information).
  • Remember that tractors often have wide or long loads, which can make passing more difficult - see Sharing the road with overdimension vehicles for more information.
  • Be especially careful around tractors that have just stopped, as they may actually be about to turn.

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Last updated: 27 September 2010