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Don't get stuck in the mud, drivers warned

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Drivers need to avoid getting stuck in the mud this autumn and take extra care on country roads, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is warning.

Harvest time means motorists can be confronted by slippery mud patches, with little or no warning, the body points out.

It is urging drivers to look for other clues alerting them that there may be mud on the roads, after nearly 700 accidents were caused by clods of earth in 2008.

"If you're driving on a rural road, keep an eye out for indicators such as tractors in the fields, and straw or tractor tyre marks on the roads," said IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger.

Any driver who encounters mud on the road should be prepared for more and take extra care in the rain, he continued.

They should also keep back from vehicles in front to allow them to see the road surface and not get splattered.

Established in 1956, the IAM offers advanced driving tests and courses to road users and is the UK's largest independent road safety charity.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19386606-ADNFCR


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