Drive in Spain
Here are the practical info, and everything you need to know, to drive in Spain without problems.
As always, it is recommended to follow some basic and universal rules.
Always respect speed limits. The checks are more and more frequent. A fundamental principle for safety and, also, for your pockets; avoid heavy fines.
If you have drunk alcohol, DO NOT DRIVING. For no reason.
In the event of an accident, YOU MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance; it is important, however, not to hinder circulation
BASIC RULES TO DRIVE IN SPAIN
In Spain you drive to the right and overtake on the left. Always respect the safety distance.
Always give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.
The infrastructures are extremely efficient. In general, autovias and autopistas are the best and most efficient routes to travel throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
DOCUMENTS TO DRIVE IN SPAIN
Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature.
It is compulsory to have the reflective jacket and the spare tire in the car with its replacement kit. It is also mandatory to have 2 TRIANGOLI to use in case of breakdown or accident; the non-exposure, even of only one, may result in a sanction by the bodies in charge.
To those who wear eyeglasses, it is advisable to have a couple of reserves in the car.
ROADS AND SIGNS
A sign with a blue background and white character indicates a separate dual carriageway, that is, a car or an autopistas.
The roads managed by the state are identified by the letter A followed by a number; they are generally free. The roads numbered in progressive from 1 to 6, are those that start from 0 km of Sun Gate.
The separate dual carriageway roads, granted by the State, are generally paid and identified by the letters AP followed by a progressive number. To these are added the so-called “radial highways”, identified by the letter R; they connect all the Capital to the motorway sections.
There are also numerous motorways operated by the Spanish Autonomous Communities. Each one adopts a special classification, numbering and color of the signage. Refer to the individual areas for further practical information.
Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limits are as follows:
50 km/h in population centers
80 km/h in built-up areas on dual carriageways per carriageway.
90 km/h outside population centers
120 km/h on the highway.
DRIVE IN SPAIN WITH CHILDREN
All children under the age of 3 must travel by car only if they are insured for seats suitable for their weight, approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements, stability by law.
Children from 3 to 12 years travel on the rear seats simply secured to seat belts. They can only travel in the front seat if they are secured to appropriate child seats.