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The State Meteorological Agency has activated yellow and orange warnings for snowfall in some Spanish provinces for the next few days. The General Directorate of Traffic has also recalled that before going on a trip it is advisable to check the state of the roads, find out about possible rainfall that may occur in the area through which you are going to travel and have winter tires or chains.
In the event that the trips to be made take place for areas with orange or yellow warning Due to snowfall, travel conditions may be affected by possible actions on the road to guarantee fluidity and road safety at all times.
Thus, they can be established for the next few hours restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles.
The DGT has communicated said snowfall notice to the National Transportation Committee so that it could take it into account when planning trips.
Traffic restrictions may also be activated for other vehicles that do not have winter tires or chains; limit the speed of movement and prohibit overtaking, as well as make total preventive cuts.
From the DGT they assure that the 21 automated turnouts are ready for operation and monitored for the bagging of trucks, to activate them if necessary.
It is also recommended to exercise extreme caution when driving through the areas and roads affected by this provision, as well as having the means and adequate equipment to travel safely, including winter chains or tires.
It is also necessary pay attention to signage on variable message boards and to the indications of the agents of the Civil Guard Traffic Group.
If there is a snowfall, drivers must clear the left lane and circulate in convoy, that is, one vehicle after another, to allow the passage of road maintenance vehicles and snow plows.
The colors of the snow
Those who are going to drive need to know the colors of the snow and its driving conditions. This is the classification made by the General Directorate of Traffic on the intensity of snowfall, and each one carries certain limitations.
The green level means it is starting to snow. The
DGT recommends driving at 100 kilometers per hour on motorways and expressways, and at 80 kilometers per hour on other roads. Trucks must stay in the right lane, without being able to overtake. In addition, it is recommended to avoid ports, exercise caution and be attentive to the weather forecast.
The yellow level is set when the floor is partially covered with snow. Drivers are asked to be careful and trucks and articulated vehicles are prohibited from driving.
Cars and buses, meanwhile, are limited in speed to 60 kilometers per hour. In this situation, the DGT asks to avoid sudden maneuvers, and in curves and descents, reduce speed even more.
On the red level, articulated vehicles, trucks and buses are prohibited from circulating. It is advisable not to pass immobilized vehicles if you are not sure of being able to continue driving. And it can only be circulated with chains or special tires at 30 km / h, as explained in the Traffic and Road Safety Magazine, published by the DGT itself.
The black level, the last on the scale, is equivalent to prohibiting circulation, since the snow cover is very thick. If it gets stuck, use the engine heat. Do not leave the vehicle if there is no shelter. And park or park as far on the edge as possible to avoid getting in the way of snow plows.