Driving In Spain Tips & Info
Driving in Spain can be tricky especially for foreigners who are not aware of the Spanish driving rules. Therefore, we put together for you a list with tips and info in order to make Driving in Spain easy and safe.
Spain is a European country located in the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is one of the few countries with coastlines both to the Mediterranean Sea and to the Atlantic Ocean. Spain’s territory also includes two archipelagos: the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands.
Spain is the second largest country in the European Union with an area covering more than 500 000 sq. km/195,000 sq. mi.
Spain road network includes 6 highways which connect Madrid with all the regions of the country: Basque Country, Catalonia, Valencia, West Andalusia, Extremadura and Galicia.
There are also 3 costal highways: Ferrol to Vigo, Oviedo to San Sebastian, Girona to Cadiz.
Seat Belt Requirements
Wearing a seatbelt in Spain is mandatory both on the front and rear seats. On vehicles manufactured before 1992 it is not necessary to wear a seat-belt in the rear seats.
Travelling With Children
Children younger than 12 years old and measuring up to 1.35m must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their age and seizes. Children older than 12 years old measuring more than 1.35m can use the car’s seat belt system.
General Driving Rules
- Talking on the phone while driving is prohibited
- Radar detectors are prohibited
- Warning triangles are mandatory
- It is prohibited to sound the horn in urban areas
- Driving in bus lanes it is restricted
- At junctions, priority is marked and all road signs must be obeyed
Wacky Driving Rules
- While driving in Spain it is forbidden to wear flip-flops or open-backed sandals
- If you are required to wear glasses, you need to carry an additional pair when driving
- Urban: 50km/h – 31mph
- Rural: 90km/h – 56mph
- Motorway: 120 km/h – 74mph
Driving Side In Spain
In Spain you should drive on the right side of the road. When coming towards a roundabout, give priority to traffic coming from the left
The alcohol limit in Spain is 0.05% (0,25 mg/l). For drivers with less than 2 years’ experience and for freight vehicles drivers the limit is 0.03% (0,15 mg/l). Exceeding the limits is a serious offence and can lead to prison sentences and driving licence suspension
Driving Licence Requirements
Eu drivers who drive for less than one year in Spain can use their domestic licence. It is important to have also an id card or passport with you. The drivers outside EU must have international driving licences.
- Police: 112/091
- Fire: 112/080
- Ambulance: 112/061
- AA breakdown: 00 800 8877 6655
Here are the fuel prices recorded in the beginning of June 2017:
- Unleaded 1.194 EUR/l
- Diesel 1.077 EUR/l
- LPG 0.606 EUR/l