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Driving in Spain

Driving in SpainWhen hiring a car to travel around Spain, it is important to understand and know some of the driving regulations in the country in order to make your journey relaxed and simple; this will enable you to enjoy the many sights and landscapes without any complications.

Things you need to drive a foreign plated vehicle:

  • Passport
  • Current valid driving license (preferably a EU license with the photo card)
  • Insurance documents
  • Two EU approved red warning triangles (if just one is produced, you will be fined by local officials)
  • A spare tyre or tyre repair kit and the equipment to change a tyre
  • Approved reflective jackets for driver and passenger(s). This is essential for exiting the vehicle on the public highway during both night and day. Do not keep these in your boot; they must be kept in the interior of the vehicle so they can be worn at all times.
  • If you are from outside the EU, you will need an International Driving license. This must be issued by the correct authority from your home country.

Speed Limits

  • 120 km/h on the Motorway
  • 90 – 100 km/h on the Open Road
  • 50 km/h in the Town

Motorway Laws

One of the motorway laws which has become strictly enforced in Spain is the use of indicators. Make sure that you indicate when you are overtaking or pulling back into the nearside lane after overtaking. If you do not, you run the risk of being fined. Also when entering a motorway, ensure you wait until the white line is broken, do not enter when the white line is solid.

Drinking and Driving Laws

In Spain there are very strict drunk driving laws and it is very clearly something that should not be undertaken. As the laws are stricter than in the UK, it is best to not drink and drive at all in order to avoid any confusions and problems. The limit is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood whilst new drivers are basically forbidden to drink and drive with a limit of 0.1 mg/l limit. If you do go over the limit, you will face a severe fine, withdrawal of your license and imprisonment.

Fines and Points

A new initiative has been put into action within Spain where if fines are payed within 20 days, you get a discount of 50%. These fully priced fines are;

  • 100 euros for a small offence
  • 200 euros for a serious offence
  • 500 euros for a very serious offence

Ways in which you will lose points on your license in Spain are;

  • Parking in a bus lane
  • Parking up on the kerb
  • Driving without lights
  • Using a prohibited vehicle on the motorway
  • Driving without due care and attention