The evaluation study, EuroRAP, carried out by the Real Automóvil Club (RACC), points out one particularly accident-prone, 32-kilometre stretch of the N-340 running between La Herradura and the main junction with the N-323 Granada road.
The opening of the coastal A-7 autovia relieved the old N-340 of most of its traffic, especially in summer, but even so, accidents on the above-mentioned part of the main road continue to make the news.
These 32 kilometres of N-340 can be divided into two distinct black spots:
The first is between the Málaga border and the main entrance into Almuñécar (16.5km) , which suffers 1.7 accidents per year with a traffic flow of 3,500 cars per day.
The second one is from the main entrance into Almuñécar and goes as far as the Granada N-323 junction, which is 16 kilometres long, with a traffic density of 12,000 cars a day. The average accident rate is 5.3 accidents a year.
Although this second stretch appears to be more dangerous, the fact that the cars-per-day figure is far higher than the La Herradura one, actually means that there are fewer accidents per car, so to speak.
(News: Almunecar/Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)