Busy car road in Madrid Spain

Driving in Spain: Basic Rules & Regulations

basic rules and regulations when 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)

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