STEYR Supports Female Farmers by Sponsoring Driver Training Courses in Austria

May 10, 2022 5:00 PM ET

Recently the ÖAMTC Fahrtechnik Zentrum Marchtrenk driver training facility in Marchtrenk, Austria held its first ever tractor safety training course for female farmers.

The training was supported by the Upper Austrian Farmers' Association, the social insurance for the self-employed (SVS), the ÖAMTC Fahrtechnik and CNH Industrial’s STEYR® tractor brand.  STEYR supplied three tractors for the training courses: a 4120 Multi, a 4130 Expert CVT and finally a 6240 Absolut CVT.

"One can hardly attribute enough importance to the topic of driving safety. The steep terrain, often a wet and slippery ground, the high time pressure and often an incorrect assessment of the dangers lead again and again to challenging experiences. Together with our cooperation partners, this training makes a valuable contribution to the safe handling of the tractor," explains Christoph Steinmassl, Marketing Manager at STEYR Traktoren.

More safety in everyday life.

The driving safety training courses include instruction on accident prevention, on modern tractor technology and the implementation of practical driving safety training on the road and off-road. In the one-day training courses, safety aspects and correct vehicle control in critical situations are specifically addressed. The program includes braking and swerving in front of obstacles, driving through slippery curves, safe driving on downhill roads, oversteer or understeer, dexterity exercises and emergency braking on slippery surfaces.

"With us, participants can experience extreme situations in a protected setting, without accident or damage, in order to be safe with the tractor in daily operation," explains Mag. Karl-Martin Studener, Managing Director of ÖAMTC Fahrtechnik.

"Dealing with powerful tractors and large attachments or trailers carries a certain risk. To minimize this risk, the training by professional instructors teaches how you can act and react to situations. We know that on Austrian farms not only the farmers, but also many female farmers are on the move with the machines and achieve great things. The fact that female farmers were specifically addressed for the courses from 11 to 13 April is only the first step – further dates such as these will follow," says Gunnar Hauser, Business Director of STEYR Traktoren.