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Special Announcement: The Farm Bureau Family of Companies is dedicated to providing for and protecting Michiganders. To this end, we are encouraging all policyholders and members to review their coverage limits on their insurance policy(ies). With recent increases in the cost of goods, services, and construction, we want to do our part to ensure Michigan residents are properly protected. Please contact your local agent if you believe that your coverage limits may need to be increased.

Jump-Start Safety

The National Safety Council estimates that 50 to 100 people die across the U.S. each year from tractor run-overs.

The primary cause of run-overs is bypass starting: attempting to start a tractor from the ground rather than from the operator’s station, bypassing the ignition key in favor of the starter motor.

A tractor left in gear can lurch suddenly when an operator attempts a bypass start. Since the starter on a tractor is generally in front of the rear wheels, the tractor moves so suddenly that the victim is not able to get out of the way.

Here are steps you can take to prevent jump-starting accidents:

  • Never attempt to start a tractor from anywhere but the operator’s station.
  • Install no-bypass-starting kits on your tractors.
  • Put bypass starting warning decals on your tractors.
  • Be sure all tractor operators on your farm are properly trained in correct starting procedures.