Thursday, 11 January 2018

Summer Road Deaths Fall 12% in Spain

Summer Road Deaths Fall 12% in Spain

Spanish drivers are taking less risks and accidents are down
31% less people died on Spanish roads over the summer of 2017 compared to 2016, which is encouraging. 

Driving through Spain is an incredible experience because of the stunning scenery and pleasant climate, not to mention the long winding roads across the most incredible and cliff-hugging terrain around.

Spanish driving habits are considered to be a reflection of the general psyche of the country. If we could describe British drivers as being patient and polite but prone to the occasional outburst of road rage, then it may be fair to say that Spanish drivers are passionate about driving and not afraid to show their emotions.

The reality is that everywhere has good and bad drivers of course, and this includes Spain. As Spain has modernised their road network through EU money, and cars are made safer with German and Japanese engineering, Spanish road deaths are drastically decreasing.

The latest data from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) in Spain shows road deaths in summer dropped 12% compared to the same time period in 2016 – which shows that Spanish roads are becoming safer than ever before. 

The data shows that 224 road deaths occurred in July and August in 2017, which is 31 less than in 2016 across the same time period. While the figure remains high compared to the rest of the EU (where Germany, the UK, and Denmark have the safest roads statistically) it is a great improvement over the space of one year, especially given that the amount of trips taken in the country across the summer increased 3% to 87.6 million. 

In regional terms, much of central and northern Spain saw less fatalities, along with the Balearic Islands.

Andalucía recorded a total of 38 road deaths in the summer, which was an increase from the 35 last year. The region remains popular with holidaymakers from across the world, most of whom are behind the wheel as soon as they leave the airport. This means that it is difficult for authorities to control road deaths and bring them to acceptable levels.

This can also be said of Catalonia, where the perpetual popularity of Barcelona goes somewhat towards explaining why 15 more road deaths occurred during this summer compared to last summer.