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Up to speed in 5 minutes: essential guide to driving in Spain

by Tash 16th March 2015
Driving in Spain

If you’re planning a self-drive holiday to Spain or hiring a car from the airport, it’s essential that you know how to navigate safely once you hit the road. Look no further than our expert guide to driving in Spain, designed to get you up to speed on essential road rules and regulations in just 5 minutes!

Drive on the right – Clear signage on major roads will help you stick to the right, but when exiting garages or turning into a quiet road it’s up to you to remember to take the right hand lane.

Roundabouts – Always give way to traffic already on the roundabout, from your left.

Speed limits – Towns/ built up areas (50 kmph); Open roads (90 kmph); Motorways (120 kmph).

Motorway driving – make sure you join from a slip road with a broken, not solid, line. The slip roads tend to be short compared to the UK

Use your indicators – a legal requirement on Spanish motorways – you risk being fined for not indicating before overtaking or moving lanes.

Alcohol limits – Spain has stricter drink driving laws than the UK, with the legal limit 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. Our advice? Don’t drink any alcohol and drive.

What to do if you break down – place your warning triangle – an essential piece of driving abroad kit – at least 16 feet (5 m) behind your car to warn oncoming traffic.

Driving with kids – appropriate car seats will be needed for: children under 12 years old and 1.35 m travelling in the front and under 3 in the back of the car.

Ditch the flip flops – it’s illegal to wear these whilst driving, so save them for the beach instead.

Seat belts – it’s a legal requirement for all car passengers to be buckled up.

Refuelling – petrol and diesel are commonly sold across Spain, with LPG sold at larger stations. Learn the lingo for the fuel you need: Gasolina Sin Plomo (unleaded petrol), Diésel (diesel) and GPL (LPG) – an adaptor is required for this.

Now you’re revved up and road-ready, why not check out all of the self-catering holidays to Spain we have to offer? Book with us and you’ll get tons more navigation support, including an online route planner, TomTom download and directions from port/ airport to the campsite gates.

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