Why can’t tractor drivers pull over on the road?

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
My daughter followed a tractor to work the other day. She was behind him for so long she was trying to work out how many cars were in front of her, about 50 was the final tally. If that was me I’d be embarrassed.

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Greg101

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Livestock Farmer
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Obviously this a very sensitive subject for a lot of people, i have been on a slow tractors with cars behind me and have been in the behind slow tractors. but if you stop and think about it a little(which you will have time to do) the farmers are the ones growing the food that all eat, they don't like slow driving very much either. besides when has anybody ever completely missed an appointment because of a slow tractor?
 

Netherfield

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Location
West Yorkshire
Then you'd have really been pee'd off behind a Toyota Aygo I followed today, 25 mph for three miles in a 50, it then drops to 40 Aygo drops to 20, then drops to 30, Aygo now down to 15, Meltham centre is now 20, Aygo down to 10, then thankfully it turns off, only to find two buses either side of the road at the bus stops blocking all traffic.
 

Minesapint

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Location
Oxon
I have just driven between Burford and Lechlade, behind a John Deere tractor and bale trailer. Despite the driver passing numerous places where he could’ve pulled over he just drove past obliviously. People like this really do not help our industry! It is all too easy to forget that other people are also at work, and not just us. I understand that when we are on the road on tractors it gets irritating when people will not overtake you, but if you get two or three nervous driver stuck behind you that will not overtake you will soon create a huge queue. Let’s keep the general public on side and pull over.
Know that stretch very well.......not that many pull in places for a long vehicle, but plenty of straight bits with good visibility to overtake! (It wasn't me)
 

4440

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Location
South Suffolk
Many years ago I was following a silage gang, 3 tractors and trailers, a rake and a shovel all doing about 45k and they were leaving gaps between them.Behind them were 4 or 5 cars, we had a few go place we could over take, but the cars would not.
I was in a Fastrac and these cars would not overtake, so I did, but as I passed them, the closed the gap up. I could here them on the CB chatting away and laughing away. My JCB topped out at 53k , I did take me a good while to get passed them, strokers.
If anyone remember the most arrogant silage contractor in Norfolk, you will know who set up if was.
 

Bomb

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Warwickshire
In fairness, if you can't get past a tractor on that road you either need to stop driving, or get a better car...
Thats all well and good saying that but when you are 8 cars back because you have nervous drivers in front of you lt is not possible to overtake! This is when drivers get frustrated and accidents happen.
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
Overtaking a tractor for most folk is easy however some drivers can’t for whatever reason and that’s when the problem starts traffic starts to build up and then you get a tailback as now it’s not just a tractor you have to overtake but a tractor plus. As a matter of courtesy you should pull over when you start to see traffic build up . It doesn’t matter if the car driver is stupid or whatever just do it. Doesn’t matter if they don’t wave. You should occupy the moral high ground.
 

Edgey22

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Kenilworth
It’s all well and good saying we should pull over when there is a queue, however many councils have either shut or removed lay-bys, lorries and especially BMW cars sit in the middle of them and if you read the Highway Code again it is an offence to block junctions thus preventing us from pulling in there. If Granny Smith in her Honda jazz no longer has the confidence to overtake a tractor or reverse on country lanes then she shouldn’t be on the road.
 
I often pull over if I can.

Tend to avoid pulling onto grass verges if I don't know it, especially if loaded, you know know if there's holes, hidden ditches or lumps of sharp metal hiding in the grass.

And then nobody says thanks when you do pull over.

During summer it was heavy traffic around here, you could tell it was all holiday makers because there was two or more in the cars, so there's me trying to get on but upsetting people who are just out for a jolly.
 

Lofty1984

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Location
Cardiff
I won’t pull over if some arsehole brain dead idiot hangs back or doesn’t overtake when it’s safe I’ve got a job to do too it’s not my fault if they aren’t capable of driving properly, generally I do pull up or tuck right in to the side to give plenty of space must be lucky around here people usually always say thanks
 
I go ten miles to a farm for straw, there's about ten places to pull in on the way there and not one coming back with the load on. After I turned off the main road one day a cop pulled me in and bollocked me for not pulling over. I asked him where the pull ins were I was supposed to have used. He shouted in my face that there were plenty so I went to get in his car and said take me back and show me where because I have another five loads to do. He thought about it some more and grudgingly apologised
 

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