A group of 5th year Agricultural Science students from St. Brendan’s C.S. in Birr recently completed a Safe Tractor Driving Course which was run by FRS (Farm Relief Services) Roscrea. The course was given by Jim Dockery.
The aim of the course is to create a safety awareness amongst teenagers working with tractors. This training programme is designed for the use of tractor/machinery within the farm and does not include road usage. The rules of the road should be consulted for road.
Twenty per cent of the course was theory based and eighty per cent was skills demonstration and theory test. The students were made aware of the legislation governing tractors on and off road and of the dangers when using tractors such as the common type of injuries and incorrect procedures. They also learned to be aware of the tractor controls and their uses and functions and be familiar with the various tractor symbols and warning signs.
Students completed a practical driving test as part of the course. They had to operate the tractor to an acceptable standard, attach a trailed implement and drive through a pre-set course.
All the students completed the course and practical test successfully and received a Certificate of Attendance From FRS Training Limited. Most silage contractors require that their drivers have a certificate of Safe tractor driving.