Driving in Spain

It is always exciting to drive in a new country especially one as beautiful as Spain. However, before you take to the roads, it is a good idea to know the rules and regulations of the country. Like Italy, Spain too has an excellent network of roads and highways. However, outside major cities, the roads are generally dusty dirt tracks. Therefore, you have to be very careful while driving on these roads.

Spain allows people to drive to with their regular licenses provided it is written in the Roman alphabet. Licenses written in any other alphabet are not accepted in which case the driver is required to provide an International Driving Permit. Also, if the driver’s license has no photo, another valid form of Photo ID is required.

Besides these, there are several other important requirements before one starts driving in Spain. According to the law, the minimum driving age is 18. It is legally required to have a vehicle registration document along with third party driving insurance cover. It is also a good idea to check the automobile before choosing it. The law requires every car to have at least 2 warning triangles, replacement bulbs, a reflective jacket, driving license, vehicle registration and a certificate of motor insurance. Seatbelts are also a must in Spain.

Like many countries, Spain enforces strict speed limits. The speed limits are measure in KPH (kilometers per hour). Different areas have different speed limits. For example, the speed limit in motorways is 120kph while the speed limit in residential areas is 19kph. There are several sensors outside towns that detect the speed limit. If someone is going over the speed limit, a traffic light is automatically turned red so that you come to a halt before going any further. During the day you must use the horn to indicate the intention to pass whereas at night you must use the headlights instead.

Recently, the law for pedestrian crossings has become extremely strict. A driver must stop his vehicle if the pedestrian shows the palm of his hand. If the driver fails to stop, he will be at fault. To prevent accidents, the use of mobile phones has also been banned in Spain.

Overtaking from the right side on highways is illegal unless there is another road on the right. In order to enforce stricter rules and regulations, new fine rates have been imposed. A fine is calculated on the basis of the severity of the offence. One can be arrested on the spot if required. Although there are several rules and regulations to be followed, driving in Spain is definitely a pleasurable adventure. So get in your car, fasten your seatbelts to enjoy a ride down the beautiful country of Spain.