Take care on muddy roads, drivers warned
DRIVERS are warned to take care over the next few weeks following reports of an increase in mud on the county’s roads.
The mud has been caused by tractors bringing in the maize harvest, with damp conditions in fields making the situation worse.
Gloucestershire County Council’s highways department warned drivers to take extra care as the mud can be very slippy and issued the following advice:
• Keep an eye on road surfaces and slow down if necessary.
• Leave extra space for braking.
• Allow for other road users avoiding mud or other obstacles in the road.
• Make sure your washer bottle is full.
GCC cabinet member for communities Cllr Will Windsor-Clive said: “Mud on the roads can make driving conditions more difficult.
“If drivers come across mud on the road, they should change their driving in the same way they would for ice or very wet roads.
“This problem is likely to be short-lived as the harvest season is nearly over.”
Clearing mud off the roads and putting warning signs up is the responsibility of farmers.
If a road is particularly muddy, GCC will work with the police to identify the responsible farmer and ensure the road is cleaned as soon as possible.
The conditions are expected to last until mid-November.