Who and Where are the Safest Young People on the Roads of Spain?

Young drivers are amongst the highest risk group on the road, in terms of likelihood to be involved in a serious incident, mostly due to their inexperience, but sometimes motivated by bravado and pure immaturity. However, according to a recent study, it is possible to identify where the safest drivers of this group reside and, …

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Special Operation to Look After Motorbike Event

This weekend, the DGT is running a special operation intent on trying to protect attendees to the Motul Grand Prix being held in Cheste. This is the largest event in the motorcycle calendar, with more than 200,000 spectators expected to attend the event which runs until Sunday, November 18. The special operation will run for …

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Category F Tyres Banned from Sale

In a bid to further reduce the environmental impact of vehicles on the roads, the sale of poorly performing tyres has been outlawed. All tyres for sale in Spain follow the European Standards for safety rating. As of November 1, the sale of tyres which are in the “F” category for roll resistance, and which …

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Speed Limits Look Set to Reduce Soon

When the new Director General of the DGT took over, Pere Navarro vowed to turn around the increase in road traffic injuries and fatalities, as he had done whilst previously in the post. Recently, the DGT has reverted back to hard-hitting advertising campaigns on TV and in print, showing the reality of what is left …

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Major Earthquake Drill in Torrevieja on Wednesday

On Wednesday, 14 November, an earthquake will hit the area with its epicentre in Torrevieja. Luckily, it is only a drill, part of continual operations that ensure the emergency services are trained and equipped should such an event occur, as was the case in 1829 when much of the area, including Torrevieja, was destroyed by …

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Trucks May be used to Fight Mobile Phone Use

This week, the DGT is running a special campaign on secondary roads, the location of the majority of fatal and serious incidents in Spain, which focussed on the main contributing factor to road traffic collisions, inappropriate speed, driving too close, alcohol and drugs, and not wearing a seat belt or using a mobile phone. It …

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The Difference Between Autopistas and Autovías

It is not always clear to many drivers who move through the motorway network, but there are two very different types of high-speed roads in Spain. The two types of roads share a lot of characteristics, but also have subtle differences. Both are motorways, but autopistas (AP-7 for example) and autovías (A-7) have their own …

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Another Gang of Highway Robbers Locked Up

Officers from the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, have arrested four alleged members of a group who would pose as police officers on the AP-7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region, in order to stop and then rob vehicles, mostly targeting tourists, in service areas and lay-bys. The report states how the …

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On the Road at Albatera

Last week, the N332 RoadWatch Travelling RoadShow visited Albatera, for the first of this season’s talks on road safety in Spain. The event was for the Albatera European Residents Group, hosted by the town hall, and was the first time we have visited that particular area, and met the local residents who welcomed us into their meeting. …

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