Police Scotland is urging all drivers to be aware of the problems caused by mud on the roads.
All motorists and road users should take extra care at this time of year when mud on the roads is common, due to weather conditions and the increase of agricultural vehicles, especially during the current potato harvest.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said,
“While we appreciate that farmers and contractors need to move their machines from field to field during this exceptionally busy time, we simply ask that efforts are made to keep roadways safe by removing excessive amounts of mud as soon as possible, and that they are mindful of their legal obligations.
“Putting signs out warning of hazards is good practice and is encouraged as drivers and motorcyclists can be caught unaware by mud on the road, with the potential to lose control of their vehicles. These preventative steps will help to ensure the safety of both the farming community and other road users.”
“All year-round, the safety of road users is a priority for Police Scotland and consideration should always be given to road surface conditions, weather conditions and potential hazards when driving. These include, but are not restricted to – mud, fuel spillages, rain, ice, snow, flooding, high winds and wildlife.
“Drivers should also be aware that, with the darker evenings, road hazards can become harder to detect due to reduced visibility and they should modify their driving accordingly, this is of particular importance on unlit rural roads. Motorists should also ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and carry out regular maintenance checks on tyres, lights, screenwash and oil levels.
Further road safety information and advice on car safety checks can be found at www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland and on twitter @policescotland as part of the national Getting Ready for Winter – Road Safety campaign