May Day holiday in Spain will see more traffic on the roads

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AN estimated six million cars will be on the roads in Spain this week as Spaniards take advantage of the May 1 holiday converting it into a ‘Puente’ for many. May 2 was also a holiday in Madrid meaning that possibly many people will take Friday 3 off work, and head to the coast or ski resorts.

Extra traffic police will be on the roads on the exits from the capital.

The province of Cadiz could also see some severe tailbacks given that the Spanish Motorcycling Grand Prix is being held in Jerez de la Frontera this weekend.

Of the six million vehicles expected on the roads between Tuesday and Sunday nights this week, around 1.6 million will be in the centre of the country, or an increased traffic volume of 35 per cent.

Traffic police will be paying extra attention to motorbikes on Spain’s roads until the end of the weekend, since the risk of a fatal accident is 17 times that of a car driver.

Weather conditions inland and in the north of the country may make driving conditions hazardous, and those travelling through affected areas are advised to check the forecast and only drive when absolutely necessary in areas of snow, gale-force winds or torrential rain.

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