What should we know and what DGT fines we face if we are not prepared

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Although recent years have been unpredictable in terms of weather, winter ends up being synonymous with snow in a greater or lesser part of Spain. And that snow is also synonymous with something else: road hazard.

With the cold, the water, the ice and the snow, the dangers when driving multiply. For this reason, it is essential to always keep in mind some advice, to know what we can do if we face a snowy road and, above all, what fines we face if we ignore the warnings.

What to do if the road is snowy

Snowy and cold weather ahead, end-of-year outings looming on the horizon and many cars on the road, the perfect combo so that every year we see hundreds of images and videos reproduced on social networks warning of bad behavior. In order not to fall into them, here we have some essential tips.

First of all, planning

Putting on the bandage before the wound is essential if we think that it may snow on us on the road. To avoid problems, the DGT website It offers us all the traffic data at the moment. Among the possible restrictions, we find the possibility of a road being closed due to snow or forcing the use of chains or winter tires.

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To avoid these kinds of problems, it’s best to check the weather before you head out, check the expected weather, and keep some less risky alternatives in mind. That is, have a plan B and C, if the case arises.

In addition, it is recommended to have in the car good outerwearIt is worth taking blankets and some hot drink in a thermos. Also have the fuel tank as full as possible, since it will depend on how long we can count on the active climate control, if necessary.

Winter tires or chains

When the temperatures are low and the ground is wet (it doesn’t have to be snowy) it is interesting to assess the possibility of having winter tires. In most of the Spanish territory, they are not necessary, but in very humid and cold areasThey only offer benefits.

It is estimated that some winter tires they brake six meters earlier than standard ones when the temperature is below 7ºC and you are driving at 80 km/h. With snowy ground, its effectiveness skyrockets and with the same temperature it takes 32 meters to stop at 50 km/h. Very far from the 63 meters needed to stop a car with standard tires.

The other possibility is to have chains. It is not mandatory to carry them in the car but they will be if the road is restricted to their use (or winter tires). Without them we will not be able to continue advancing and we will be exposed until a snowplow clears the road.

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Watch out for the chains

It is useless to wear the chains if later we don’t know how to put them or how to use them. Most likely, you will learn to put them on and take them off before facing the snow. If we don’t know, it is very likely that with cold hands and the nerves of the moment we will not be able to or will waste a lot of time putting this essential accessory.

To put them, let’s remember that it is essential to know what the tractor axle of our vehicle is. This is the one in charge of moving the wheels that will propel our car and, therefore, the one that will make it possible to move. If it’s front wheel drive, this is where the chains have to go. If it is rear-wheel drive, it will be on the rear wheels where we have to put them.

If we put the chains on the wrong axisour car will not advance because the wheels of the tractor axle will constantly slip and the tires that have the chains installed they will not be able to pull. If we have a car with all-wheel drive, the ideal is to have two complete sets. In the event that we only have one, it is best to prioritize the front axle.

On snow, slowly

If we have complied with all of the above and, in any case, we have to drive on snow. The first thing we must do is drive in the right lane, so that if necessary a snowplow can drive on the left without obstacles and evacuation from the road is facilitated.

Bearing this in mind, you have to work with the highest gear possible. This way we will make sure that the starts are as smooth as possible and that at low speed we apply the least possible force to the tractor axle. The slower we drive, the less we will damage the tires (with the chains) and the less risk of going off or having an accident we will have.

The most important thing is to act smoothness. We will increase the safety distance, we will avoid sudden turns of the steering wheel as far as possible and we will not brake forcefully to prevent the wheels from slipping.

Possible fines from the DGT

Taking all of the above into account, we should not overlook some of the fines that we face if we drive in snow.

In the General Vehicle Regulations It is specified in its article 12.5.2 that “Whenever mandatory or recommended the use of chains or other authorized anti-slip devices, chains or anti-slip devices must be placed on at least one drive wheel on each side of the vehicle, or use special tires, as provided in annex VII and in the regulations contained in annex I “.

Not complying with this obligation is punished with 200 euros, because in the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety it is specified as a serious infraction “Circulating with a vehicle that fails to comply with the technical conditions established by regulation”.

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Similarly, between serious breaches It also specifies that “failing to comply with the obligation of every driver to verify that the vehicle registration plates do not present obstacles that prevent or hinder their reading and identification”, so care must be taken that the snow does not cover the license plates. tuition. The sanction, again, is 200 euros.

Another article that usually comes up when talking about snow is article 18.1 of the General Traffic Regulations which, in theory, can lead to a fine for wearing a coat. It reads the following:

The driver of a vehicle is obliged to maintain his own freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving, which guarantee his own safety, that of the rest of the occupants of the vehicle and that of other road users. via. For these purposes, he must take special care to maintain the proper position and that the rest of the passengers maintain it, and the proper placement of the objects or animals transported so that there is no interference between the driver and any of them.

In this case, this type of action is not specified as a serious or very serious offence, so the maximum fine is 100 euroscorresponding to minor infractions.

In addition, this same article and punishment is applied if we have not completely cleared the windshield of snow or ice, since it is specified that it is mandatory to have “the necessary field of vision”. The fine, as we said, will be 100 euros.

Photos | GTRES and Oleg Zaitsev

Although recent years have been unpredictable in terms of weather, winter ends up being synonymous with snow in a greater…

Although recent years have been unpredictable in terms of weather, winter ends up being synonymous with snow in a greater…

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