With the summer holidays we witness the usual increase in the number of trips by road, a concentration of millions of drivers who make long-distance trips on Spanish roads, and with it, also, an increase in accidents and road accidents. In this sense, one of the causes of these events in the car is the bad fastening of the luggage, but,Do you know how to place them?
Take a look at the luggage you carry in the car
With the excuse that everything fits in the car, in the end, they end up carrying extra packages and full suitcases just in case that could well cost us a traffic fine. Whether we carry it on the roof or in the trunk, we must be very careful when load in the car this summer.
Because if; are some tips that are useful for the whole yearbut they become especially important during the summer season of our summer vacations, where with road trips families go with the car up to the top with the necessary luggage for their days of rest on the beach, in the mountains, in the interior…
All this is also accompanied by another factor: the need to have the car ready before the holidays, and that means checking the condition and pressure of the tires, among others. Now, how can we pack and carry our luggage in the car so as not to receive any type of fine?
What does the rule say and how can you do it
And yes, we know; for some reason, there’s almost always more suitcases, bags and packages on the return journey than on the outward journey. And the usual thing is that this luggage enters the car at whatever price and with little planning.
In this way, to give a few examples, the umbrella ends up between the feet of the passengers in the rear seats and the package with the souvenirs on the knees of the co-pilot. It will be then when, if the Civil Guard stops us, the fine will be insured.
This is for no other reason than because article 14 of the General Circulation Regulation dictates it, where it is reflected that: «The load transported in a vehicle, as well as the accessories used for its conditioning or protection, must be arranged and, if necessary, subject in such a way that they cannot: drag, fall totally or partially or move in a dangerous way, compromise the stability of the vehicle, produce noise, dust or other inconveniences that can be avoided and, finally, hide the lighting or light signaling devices, the license plates or mandatory badges and manual warnings from their drivers.
Or what is the same: the DGT punishes to drivers who leave bags, suitcases, packages, loads wrong or place them in the back seats of the vehicle because it can hinder their vision and pose a danger to traffic. Depending on the case, as we will see below, the sanction can reach up to 4.000 euros. Some recommendations are as follows:
The heaviest objects must go to the bottom and as close as possible to the rear seats, so that they do not move. Use nets or tension straps to hold the load, especially if it has a different volume or does not occupy the entire trunk. Fasten all the seat belts in the rear seats, even if no one is traveling. On the rear tray of the car you can not place any object. You must not carry any loose luggage in the passenger compartment. For greater security, place it in the holes or glove compartments inside the car.
What fines can they put us
As we say, if a traffic officer stops us and detects that the luggage we carry in the car can be dangerous in an accident, he will fine us without any doubt. To avoid problems, it is best to always carry all the cargo in the trunk and use accessories to organize it correctly.
But it is also true that not all sanctions are the same, nor will it be the same to transport some loose packages inside… which, by some chance, is done from the load that may be on the roof.
Handle or relocate packages while driving. It is not specifically collected, but if an agent determines that it puts driving ability at risk, a fine of 80 euros will be received. Transport loose packages in the cabin. Up to 200 euros of fine, according to article 14 of the regulation. compromise stability of the vehicle with the load. In the same article and with the same sanction. a lump limits mobility or obscures vision. Fine of 200 euros, serious. The packet drops to the road for going wrong subject. The Traffic Law penalizes him with 500 euros and the loss of 4 points. The roof load exceeds the permitted dimensions. Fine of 500 euros and loss of 4 points. The package exceeds the maximum authorized mass of the vehicle. The penalty is triggered between 301 and 4,000 euros.
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