Motorists have been warned to be wary of tractors and other slow-moving agricultural vehicles emerging from fields during the summer months.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) issued a joint appeal for drivers to be patient and only overtake when it is safe to do so.
Farmers were also urged to ensure their vehicles are properly insured and are fit to be driven.
Noel Brett, RSA chief, said: “This is a very busy time of year for farmers. It’s the start of the silage cutting season and the number of tractors and trailers out using the roads will increase dramatically.
“As a result the risk of a collision involving a road user and farm machinery has increased.
“As such I am asking all drivers to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farm yards.”
Mr Brett also advised farmers not carry a passenger on a tractor unless it is equipped to do so.
John Bryan, IFA president, urged farmers to be safety-conscious and allow other road-users pass them.
“Farmers should be aware of traffic building up behind them and keep left where possible to allow other vehicles to pass safely,” Mr Bryan said.
“I would appeal to other road users to show patience when encountering farm machinery on the road.”
In an effort to raise awareness of this issue the RSA and the IFA will be broadcasting their 30 second radio advert on national and local stations during the summer.