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Driving in Spain

Unless signs show otherwise, Speed limits are usually:

Autopistas (toll motorways)

130kph

80mph

(110kph when wet)

Main roads

100kph

62mph



Minor roads

90kph

56mph



Urban roads

60kph

37mph


Seat belts must be worn in front and rear seats (where fitted)

Random breath-tests are carried out, and the limit of 80 micrograms per 100ml is enforced. This is lower than UK limits.

Automated Radar speed traps are not as profuse as in the UK and at the time of writing (2011) it was dubious whether Spain had access to the DVLA owner database to collect the details of offenders. However, step are being taken to link both country's driver databases. Manned speed traps are quite common and it is advisable to adhere to speed limits for your own safety.

Petrol is sold in the same grades as the UK. Prices are around 30% cheaper than in the UK.

Two yellow high-visibility vests and two warning triangles must be carried in the car and must be easily accissible.

On-the-spot fines are usually imposed on visitors, unless a serious accident has taken place or the limit is considerably exceed, in which case the car is impounded and the driver detained. If the driver does not have enough cash he/she is escorted to the nearest cash machine


Roudabouts: Take care, specially in Catalonia. Although the rules state that you should us the left lane when turning left at roundabouts, many Catalans (specially the older ones) still observe the old rules of giving way to the right. Some motorists therefore use the right-hand lane to turn left. Some drivers ignore the 'give way to the left' rule entirely, and use the left lane to turn right. Crossing a roundabout can be frightening!



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