driving in spain

basic rules and regulations when driving in spain ...

driving in spain Main roads in Spain tend to be fairly good.

When using the autopistas, which are the motorways or main highways here, you'll be charged a toll.

However, you'll find heaps of free secondary roads ... where you're sure to enjoy far prettier countryside and scenery, and get a taste of true Spain.

Hiring a car in Spain can be the best and most affordable way of exploring the country. Browse reviews of top car rental companies for Spain here.

Remember ... if visiting narrow-streeted villages, a small car may be better!

Let's take a look at documentation, plus basic driving rules for Spain ...

driving in spain - documentation

Car rental firms tend to be lax about checking documentation/driving licences but, if an accident did occur, your papers would need to be in order.

European Union residents should only need their ordinary driving licence - especially if it's the type which includes your photo.

Other nationalities may be well-advised to obtain an International Driving Permit/Licence - obtainable in the country which issued your original licence.

rules and regulations

Here are a few basic rules and regulations you'll need to follow when driving in spain ...

  • drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • traffic from the right generally has right-of-way
  • unless otherwise indicated, speed limits are 50 kph in towns/cities,
       90 kph for open roads, 100 kph for multi-lane open raods, and
       120 kph for motorways/highways
  • wearing of seatbelts is obligatory in both front and back seats
  • 2 triangles must be kept in the car in case of emergency/breakdown
  • reflective vests are obligatory for emergency/breakdown
  • children under 3 must use child seats
  • children under 12 are not allowed in the front (unless at least 1m35
       in height)

  • pages of interest

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    car-hire-spainCollecting your car at a Spanish airport? Browse information about all main airports in Spain here.
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