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Farm vehicle risk highlighted

Motorists need to remember the risks they face when attempting to overtake farm vehicles on rural roads.

Victoria Walton, motor insurance specialist at NFU Mutual, stated the company typically witnesses a 60 per cent increase in third party accidents involving tractors during this time of year.

"Accidents often occur when tractors slow down before turning right and impatient following drivers try and overtake without realising that the tractor is about to move across the road, or that another car is coming towards them," she commented.

As such, the insurer advises all drivers to look carefully at what is ahead of any farm vehicle before attempting to overtake, while they should also be prepared for the tractor to make less obvious manoeuvres, such as turning into fields.

Patience is key to remaining safe on the roads at this time of year and drivers should always have their wits about them when out on the roads, Ms Walton concluded.

Posted by Stewart ElliottADNFCR-2960-ID-801734901-ADNFCR

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