Equipment that travels less than 25 mph should be equipped with a clearly visible SMV emblem.SMV emblems should be located on the rear of the vehicle as near the center of mass as possible and 2 to 6′ above ground. One point should be up.Look for the latest standard, by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) S276.5. Because it:
- Shines 10 times brighter than older standards
- Is visible up to 1200 feet compared to 600 feet for older standards
- Visibility lasts twice as long
- Provides greater safety
- Will reduce rear-end collisions with farm equipment
A faded or damaged SMV emblem should be replaced immediately with a new emblem. Old signs should be replaced with the new standard (S276.5). Dusty and muddy signs should be cleaned.
Left – new sign, old standard
Center – new sign, new standard
Right – old sign, old standard
2. Add reflective tapeAgricultural equipment should be marked with reflective tape that meets the ASAE S279.12 standard. These tapes have 5 times the reflective power of conventional reflective tapes.
3. Add high-visibility lighting
Attaching a permanently mounted strobe light to a farm tractor or implement will further alert drivers to the presence of a slow moving vehicle. Drivers are accustomed to seeing flashing lights and beacons on vehicles that require special attention.
Examples of strobe light use on farm equipment:
|A strobe light attached to a tractor||A strobe light attached to a module builder||A strobe light attached to a boll buggy|