WIDESPREAD traffic chaos is forecast over the coming days with 6.3 million drivers expected to hit Spanish roads.
The alert comes ahead of the country’s National Day tomorrow (Thursday), with many Spaniards opting to take an extra day off on Friday and enjoy a weekend getaway.
The number of police and technicians operating on the national road network will be boosted to more than 14,000 from 3pm today (Wednesday) until midnight on Sunday, traffic authorities confirmed.
Drug, alcohol, and speed checks will also be ramped up with eight radar-equipped Pegasus helicopters deployed.
The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has warned that roads around major cities may come to a standstill this afternoon as holidaymakers clash with those travelling home from work.
Heavy traffic and tailbacks are also expected on Thursday morning as tens of thousands head for the coast or countryside.
On Saturday much of the gridlock is set to be concentrated around beaches, theme parks and other leisure attractions, while major delays are also predicted for Sunday as the returning hordes spark further congestion.