There are 4.4 million journeys expected this weekend alone!
This weekend sees the first of this year´s special summer traffic operations. As always during the summer the main bulk of cross country vehicle movements are spread blocks of two-week cycles, based around the usual vacation period, with traffic initially leaving the inland and city areas to head towards coastal and mountainous regions at the beginning, returning at the end, and in the middle, a combination of both.
Meanwhile, during the entire holiday period, places such as coastal zones, and commercial and leisure areas, will see an increase in the number of shorter journeys.
The first operation begins this Friday at 3pm, and will run through to Sunday. During this period, it is anticipated that 4.4 million trips were planned. The second operation will be from July 31 to August 1 and the third will begin on August 31, extending to September 1 and 2.
In addition to the special timed operations, road surveillance will be reinforced every weekend as well as on 14 and 15 August, due to the changeover of the fortnight vacation, and the celebration of numerous patron saint festivities.
During the monitoring periods, as well as Guardia Civil traffic officers on the ground, the DGT will by flying their fleet of helicopters, many of which are fitted with the Pegasus radar equipment, and this summer they will be using five of their new drones to watch the roads, although, unlike the helicopters, the drones will not be issuing fines just yet, they will simply be used for monitoring.
Be aware that during the summer a lot of drivers are not as used to the local area as you might be, and so patience is important, as is maintaining your own commitment to adhere to the rules of the road.