By Ron Howells •
Published: 18 Oct 2021 • 12:41
How to avoid fines on the roads this autumn by activating the speed camera warning function in Google Maps.
A function in Google Maps- if enabled- allows you to know during your route the location of the fixed speed cameras in operation by the DGT and the mobile speed cameras indicated by other drivers.
The Google Maps application for smartphones has been, for a few years now, one of the best allies for drivers on the road. At one time it was necessary to buy expensive navigators to plan trips in the car. The free app can even be integrated into the vast majority of modern car multimedia systems.
In addition to giving useful information on routes, points of interest, and gas stations, etc. Google Maps serves another important function: speed camera alerts.
The app can alert drivers to the presence of fixed speed cameras and mobile speed cameras. It is not a function that you have to activate as such, but it will be indicated when you start a route. If you require notification of the radar scanners in real-time, you must mark a destination in the navigator to activate the function.
Google Maps will then notify you of the fixed speed cameras (in orange) on the road, thanks to the DGT database that it draws data from.
It will also alert you to mobile radars (in blue) and other types of incidents, of course here it depends on the action of other drivers. For example, if another driver has previously passed through that location and has been notified of the presence of a mobile radar, they could have marked their presence on Google Maps- you can do the same so that drivers behind you will be more attentive.
Other incidents or blockages such as road works, accidents, and heavy traffic can be indicated in the app in a simple way and in real time: you must press the “+” symbol and indicate the corresponding incident, or warn others that it is no longer there.
Radar warning devices are completely legal in Spain, unlike speed detectors and inhibitors.
Please keep in mind that if Traffic officers see you using your mobile phone while driving, even if you just have it in your hand, they can fine you. Shortly, the fine for this action will be punished with 200 euros and 6 points (currently 3), once the new Traffic Law is approved.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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