DRIVING REGULATIONS IN SPAIN
Even though Spain's public transport offers a fantastic method of exploring the country, having your own car is definitely the best option. EU residents visiting Spain must ensure they have their passport at hand when driving as well as the following items -
- Full and current driving licence
- A pair of EU approved reflective triangles
- Reflective jackets to be worn if getting out of the car by the side of any highway or motorway
- Spare light-bulbs and the correspondent tools to install them
- All vehicle documentation and hire agreements if applicable
Since joining the EU, Spain's road network and infrastructure have dramatically improved offering excellent links throughout the country, whether it's on a country road, dual carriageway or the motorways. Speed limits vary depending on what roads you are on and are well signalled to ease you driving, but do follow a general rule.
- Dual carriageway - 80 to 140 kph
- Motorways and toll roads - 120 kph
- Highways - 100 kph
- Main and country roads - 60 to 100 kph
- Urban areas and town centres - 50 kph (but can be as low as 20 kph near schools)
Driving isn't much different than in any other EU country apart from a few specific laws. Obviously, as driving is on the right hand side, in Spain you give way to traffic from the left unless signalled. You should not park in areas where there is a yellow line on the curb or a no parking sign displayed as you may run the risk of having to pay a hefty fine or, in the case of a foreign car, being towed, where costs can be astronomical. Fines for speeding and/or drink driving have to be paid on the spot if you are not a resident and can lead to you having to spend time in the cells if you cannot pay in cash. Seatbelts have to be worn by all passengers and drivers are forbidden to use mobile phones whilst on the road.