Traffic Warnings for Summer 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014 2:43:54 PM

This year, like previous summers, drivers should count on increased traffic towards the seaside or Croatia and vice-versa every weekend, right up to the middle of September.    

Congestion is expected on the following sections during heavy traffic:

- Maribor – Ptuj A4 Motorway: at the end of the motorway near Ptuj, where traffic is redirected from two lanes to one.
- Karawanks – Ljubljana A2 Motoway: before the Karawanks Road Tunnel.
- Main Road No. 11 (Koper – Šmarje – Dragonja).
- Main Road No. 111 (Koper – Izola – Portorož).
- Main Road No. 9 (Kozina – Starod).
- Main Road No. 6 (Postojna – Ilirska Bistrica – Jelšane).

Every year, traffic also increases from east to west and in the opposite direction. In summertime, the A1 Littoral motorway running from Ljubljana to Koper experiences the heaviest traffic of all Slovenian motorways. Consequently, congestion is to be expected on this road in the event of traffic accidents or urgent interventions. 

Experience tells us that the Dragonja (Dragogna) border crossing on the Koper – Šmarje – Dragonja road will be the busiest; Sečovlje (on the Portorož – Sečovlje road) somewhat less. Alternatively, drivers can opt to go through the Sočerga (San Quirico) border crossing on the Gračišče – Sočerga road.
During individual peak hours, we can also expect to wait longer at the following border crossings: Starod (on the Kozina – Starod road), Jelšane (on the Ilirska Bistrica – Jelšane road), Obrežje (on the Novo mesto – Obrežje motorway) and Gruškovje (on the Ptuj – Gruškovje road).

Roadworks

Even though construction work is at its busiest during the summer, work being done on sections which have the most traffic during the tourist season will mostly be halted. Traffic on the A1 Styria motorway running between Šentrupert and Vransko will be obstructed until work is completed, which should be by the end of July. Slovenian motorways are rapidly being fitted with noise barriers. We would thus like to warn drivers about closures, which – provided driving regulations and signs are observed – should not greatly influence traffic flow during the summer months.   

Freight Traffic Limitations

During the tourist season, Slovenia enacts stricter limitations on freight traffic. The limitations no longer exclusively apply to Sundays and holidays, but also cover Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.; when driving on Littoral roads, these apply to Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to the period between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays and during holidays.
The Austrian motorway managing authority also plans to prohibit freight traffic above 7.5 tonnes going through the Karawanks Road Tunnel during this year's tourist season. The ban will be in effect every Saturday from 28 June to 13 September 2014, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Recommendations for Drivers
Please be patient when dealing with other road users. During the summer, the roads are also used by large numbers of foreign drivers who do not know them as well as locals. 

You should also expect congestion outside peak hours where it is present throughout the year. 
Traffic density increases most significantly during weekends, on Friday afternoons after 2 p.m., on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (sometimes longer), as well as on Sundays between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (sometimes between 10 a.m. and noon). Wednesdays also experience more traffic than other days of the week.
You should try and set off on a longer journey outside the main peak hours whenever possible, i.e. in the evening, at night or in the early morning hours.

Make sure you have an ample supply of beverages.

Always have a good map at hand, which will help you find an alternative route if something unexpected happens. A number of Slovenian regional roads have been reconstructed recently. Driving along these roads during tourist peak hours can be a pleasant experience, since they usually have less traffic during summertime.
Heat can aggravate medical conditions or fatigue, which is why you should only get behind the wheel if you are well rested and healthy. When going on longer journeys, you should plan several rest stops.

Avoid placing luggage on the vehicle's parcel shelf. In the event of a collision or sharp swerving, these items can damage the passengers.  

Drive prudently.
During very hot weather, car tires wear out quicker and can even become damaged, especially if the vehicle in question is additionally burdened by heavy luggage.  

Be sure to follow weather reports and keep an eye out for potential bad weather. Downpours and storms can change driving conditions in an instant.

After a longer spell of hot and dry weather, rain can result in a very slippery driving surface.

In the event of hail, you should not stop your vehicle in road tunnels or underpasses. This is very dangerous and could cost you a lot more than simply repairing hail damage done to your car.

You should be especially careful when it comes to motorists and cyclists.

If you are going abroad, you should acquaint yourself with the driving regulations of the countries you will be driving through. 

Before setting out on your journey, you should visit www.promet.si and check the status on the roads, as well as obtain contacts for traffic information in the countries you are travelling to.

While on the road, you can get up-to-date information about Slovenian roads by calling + 386 518 8 518.

Have your car radio set to Radio SI (Slovenia International), which regularly broadcasts traffic information in English and German.  


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