Friday, June 16, 2006

He equivocado

The last post got its knickers in a twist over the date and lost the photo.

It was actually posted yesterday (15th June).

My new job looks like it will have a future, even though it's a fixed term contract to 2008. The reason for this is that I'm now training to be a driving instructor here in Spain.

I note from EuroRAP that the junction I use off the A-7 every day is the most dangerous in southern Spain (and the 6th most dangerous in the whole of Spain). It took a while to realise that one because:-

a) The diputación has changed the road name from the N-351 to the CA-34. You can find it on Km 118 (westbound) to 119 (eastbound) on the A-7.
b) The really dangerous part of the junction is the exit from San Roque to get onto the 'flyabout'. You start from a standstill and have to get across 3 lanes of fast-moving traffic directly to the other side - there are no lights on the junction, just slip-roads. This I discovered yesterday.

At least I don´t live in Galicia!


Grumpy Goat said...

I thought the N-340 was the most dangerous road in Spain. At least, it may have been back in 1987 when I competed in the 'how many crates of beer is it possible to carry on one motorcycle?' competition. I recall my pillion passenger leaning into curves to prevent the zorst digging into the asphalt, which merely resulted in further twisting of my right wrist.

Actually, the real reason why the N-340 was so dangerous was in all likelihood due to Mr and Mrs Trilby arriving at Malaga airport on board DanDare, picking up the rental Seat Panda and heading off on the wrong side of the road.

Incidentally, that peculiar signalised 'through-about' junction could be found all over Spain at the time. It is now more common elsewhere and is colloquially known as a 'hamburger' because of it's similarity to Burger King's logo.

El Casareño Ingles said...

The road network across southern Spain has changed greatly over the last 20 years. There are lots of new motorways (with some of thhe most expensive tolls per km in Europe) and many dangerous roads have been bypassed. The old N-340 in Torremolinos used, at the time to be the most dangerous road in Europe. The Junta has renamed most of the N-340 the A-7.

The roads are again full of hire cars driven by confused Brits. After 4 years here my driving style has changed a lot and would be considered very aggresive in the UK.

"Through-abouts" are gradually being replaced by conventional roundabouts, "glorietas" or "rotondas" depending on their size.