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These are the worst motorways in Spain according to drivers

A recent poll asked drivers how satisfied they were with the state of Spain's motorways. These are the ones that got the worst rating.

These are the worst motorways in Spain according to drivers
Vehicles prepare to cross a toolgate of the A7 motorway in La Roca del Valles on January 11, 2019. Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP

Aside from speeding, distractions and drunk driving, there are many other factors that contribute to traffic accidents and one of them is the state of the roads. A poll by Spain’s Organisation of Users and Consumers (OCU) asked 1,259 drivers to rate roads on everything from signposting to the presence of guardrails and the number of service stations.

Here are the roads across the country that got the worst rating:

AP-8: Autopista del Cantábrico (from Irún to Bilbao)

Drivers gave this road 5.7 out of 10. The worst was the excessive flow of traffic (it got the worst rating in this area) and the constant roadworks. They also complained about a lack of safety on the curves.

AP-1: Autopista del Norte (from Vitoria to Irún)

This one only got a slightly better valuation: 5.8 out of 10. Drivers complained about the presence of roadworks and the small number of service stations. Drivers also complained about too much traffic and said entrances and exits were badly designed.

A49: Autovía del V Centenario (from Seville to Portugal)

Excessive traffic and few service stations meant this motorway got a score of 6 out of 10. Other areas that could be improved include the amount of roadworks and the bad state of the roads.

A-7: Autovía del Mediterráneo (from Algeciras to Almería)

This dual carriageway in the south of the country was also given just a 6 out of 10, mostly due to the roadworks. However drivers also complained about the design of entrances and exits (it got the lowest rating in this area out of all the motorways and roads in the poll), as well as the bad state of the roads and few service stations.

AP-9: Autopista del Atlántico (from Ferrol to Portugal)

The problem for drivers on this motorway was the sorry state of the roads, but frequent roadworks also bothered motorists. It was rated 6.1 out of 10.

A52: Autovía de las Rías Baixas (from Benavente to Vigo)

This road also scored 6.1 out of 10 among those polled. Respondents said the main problem was the roadworks and the state of the roads, but it also got some of the lowest ratings when it came to the low number of service stations and the lack of safety barriers.

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Spanish fuel prices fall but can’t stop most expensive August ever

Although the cost of filling up in Spain has been falling in recent weeks, petrol and diesel prices in August make it the most expensive on record despite government discounts softening the blow.

Spanish fuel prices fall but can't stop most expensive August ever

Filling up a tank of petrol or diesel in Spain costs between €16 and €23 more than a year ago, making it the most expensive August on record – despite the government’s 20 cents per litre discount on fuel.

Filling an average 55 litre tank with either petrol or diesel now costs around €93, which is equivalent to €16 more than a year ago for petrol, and €23 more for diesel.

READ ALSO: REMINDER: How drivers in Spain can get 20 euro cents off every litre of fuel

Until this week, peak prices for the first week of August were back in 2013, when petrol cost €1.472 a litre and diesel €1.376, 16 percent and 19 percent less than current costs.

Prices have also already exceed the average monthly costs in August 2021, by 17 percent and 25 percent respectively, when fuel reached €1.416 and €1.29.

Falling prices

Despite these record breaking prices, fuel prices in Spain have actually been falling in recent weeks, reaching their lowest values since May.

As of Thursday 4th August, petrol in Spain is sold on average at €1.702 per litre, and diesel €1.693, including the government discount. 

Without the discount, the price of petrol is €1.902 per litre and diesel €1,893 on average, according to figures from the European Union Oil Bulletin.

The government’s reduction on fuel costs, introduced as part of an ongoing raft of measures to help Spaniards amidst the cost of living crisis, means consumers save around €11 every time they fill up the tank.

The 20 cent reduction on the litre was introduced in March of this year, when fuel prices jumped and crossed the €2 per litre threshold.

READ ALSO: Where to get the cheapest fuel in Spain

Below European averages

Fortunately for Spaniards, the combination of falling prices and the government taking 20 cents off the litre mean that Spanish fuel prices are below the European average, where petrol costs €1.856 and diesel €1.878 across the member states.

The most expensive EU countries for petrol are Denmark (€2.218) and Finland (€2.19), while for diesel Sweden (€2.37) and Finland (€2.153) are the priciest places to fill up.

On the other hand, although Spanish prices are falling they are not the cheapest in Europe. The cheapest places for petrol prices are Hungary (€1.29) and Malta (€1.34), and also for diesel: Malta (€1.21) and Hungary (€1.558).

Of surrounding western European nations, Spaniards are paying the least for their fuel. In Germany, for example, petrol costs on average €1.814 a litre and diesel €1.943. In France, the costs are €1.844 and €1.878 respectively; in Italy €1.877 and €1.851; and across the border in Portugal, the prices are €1.889 and €1.83.

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