Don’t be a “Stick-in-the-mud!”

More deaths occur on rural roads than on urban ones. In 2010, there were 1,046 fatal accidents on rural roads compared to over 572 on urban roads in the UK. The number of deaths on rural roads has also decreased at a slower rate than deaths on urban roads.

There are many reasons why there is such a high number of accidents on rural roads. One that has been highlighted by the Grampian Emergency Services are the road conditions for motorcyclists, particularly mud on the road.

The Grampian Road Safety Campaign is directing their current message to farmers all over the UK seeking they be mindful that they have to share the rural roads with other motorists. Deposits of large quantities of mud, clay or farmyard materials from vehicles can be potentially very dangerous for other road users, particularly motorcyclists. However, mud is an inevitable part of rural life.

To avoid such an accident motorcyclists should:

1. keep an eye out for tractors in the fields, field and farm entrances, as well as straw and tractor tyre marks on the roads

2. If you do encounter mud on the road, be ready for more and be ready to alter your driving to suit the road conditions

3. Particularly at this time of year, adjust your riding when it is raining, rain can result in a very slippery film of mud spread across the road and should be approached with care

Not only may you find mud on rural roads but also on urban roads, particularly where there is construction work. It is something to keep in mind, particularly if you are brave enough to be riding during the wintery dark mornings where it may not be easy to see the mud.

Don’t be a stick in the mud - adjust your riding to suit the road conditions!

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