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When it comes to heavy equipment, most people overlook tractors. There is a perception that tractors are primarily agricultural in use. While they have an enormous place in agriculture, you can also see tractors in use in construction and mining. Tractors, of various types, drive a great deal of heavy equipment. Learning to drive tractors can be an extremely good career move if you are looking to get into a heavy equipment job. The principals that you learn driving tractors applies to a great deal of different heavy equipment and gives you a great foundation of skills to build upon.
Learning to Drive Tractors
Most wheeled heavy equipment is based upon tractors of one type or another. If you can drive a tractor, you will be able to drive most wheeled equipment. The larger wheels of tractors give a different ride to that of a car, it takes a little getting used to, but is not very difficult. Note that operating the equipment and driving it are two very different skills. You will still need training in order to operate the heavy equipment, regardless of whether or not you have tractor certification.
Safety considerations with Tractors
There are a few things that you need to take care of when driving tractors of any type. It is quite common to hear of rollover accidents involving tractors. Take care on inclines and watch your speed at all times. You need to avoid wearing loose fitting clothing when operating a tractor, especially an open top tractor. Loose fitting clothing can become trapped in moving parts and has the potential to become fatal.
Training to Drive Tractors with Associated Training Services
Gaining a certification to drive tractors does not take a great deal of time. We offer a range of training programs here at Associated Training Services and if you are interested in learning to drive tractors, we are happy to help. Do take the time to look at some of our other programs as well. We have schools around the country that prepare people just like you for exciting careers in heavy equipment. If you would like to learn more about driving tractors or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us at Associated Training Services.