The Municipality of Fuente Álamo has adhered to the campaign promoted by the Civil Guard Traffic Association (ATGC) whereby, between November 11 and 17, surveillance and controls of the vehicle conditions will be carried out.
The age of the vehicle is a risk factor because it lacks the recently implemented safety systems and equipment, in addition to the problems arising from its use.
According to the information published by the DGT in the studio 'The main figures of road accidents.
Spain 2018 ', in that year the progressive aging of the car park of recent years has continued, with the average age of the car fleet, with less than 25 years, ranging between 8.6 years of industrial tractors and 12, 3 years of trucks and vans.
The cars have an average age of 10.9 years, over 9.7 years of motorcycles.
The average age of the passenger car park, which represents 68% of the total car park, has increased by 1.6 years in the 2011-2018 period.
In the rest of vehicles, the situation is quite similar, as we can see in the following table:
The risk of death or serious injury is multiplied by two when comparing accidents that occur with vehicles 10 to 15 years old, in relation to vehicles less than 5 years old.
Therefore, proper maintenance of all vehicle safety elements becomes a totally essential activity to combat accidents.
According to the report of the Spanish Association of Collaborating Entities of the Administration in the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (AECA-ITV), in 2016 the Spanish ITVs carried out the revision of 19,509,380 vehicles, of which 18.77 % (around 3.7 million) of the inspected vehicles did not pass the first mandatory inspection, presenting at least one serious technical defect.
The most common serious defects were lighting and signaling (24.1%);
axles, tires and suspensions (21.7%);
those related to brakes (14.7%);
and for excess of polluting emissions (13.3%).
In this regard, the DGT recalls that special attention must be paid to the proper maintenance and tuning of all vehicle safety elements: tires, brakes, lights and signaling, etc.
As for the tires, it is recommended that the groove depth be at least 3 millimeters.
The legal limit is 1.6 millimeters.
Basic tips on the lighting system:
The lamps reduce their intensity with use, so they must be changed every 40,000 km.
or at 2 years old.
The lamps must be changed two by two, because their use is symmetrical in most cases.
It is necessary to always keep the optics clean: headlights and pilots.
Regarding the license plates, the DGT warns that manipulating the license plate to try to evade the rule fraudulently can lead to a fine of 6,000 euros and the loss of 6 points.
The documentation of the vehicle that must be carried, regardless of the mandatory driving license, is as follows:
Permission of movement of the vehicle that contains the technical data of the same and the data of its owner (or an authorization of the Headquarters of Traffic in his absence).
ITV card and corresponding sticker visible on the front moon.
The City of Fuente Álamo joins the DGT message and remembers that investing in vehicle maintenance is investing in security.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Fuente Álamo