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Driving On Spanish roads

If you’re driving to Spain this summer, don’t forget the following regulations:

  • You must carry two warning triangles in your car. In the event of a breakdown, they should be placed in front of and behind your vehicle
  • If the driver wears glasses, they must keep a spare pair in the car
  • The drink drive limit is lower in Spain than in the UK. If you’re going to drive, make it none for the road
  • Parking in many towns is controlled by blue zones (zonas azul) where a disc must be displayed
  • Don’t park on main roads with continuous white lines along the edge
  • Children can sit in the front seat but must be at least 12 years old, unless using a child restraint
  • Remember, if you drive through France to get to/from Spain you’ll have another set of rules to deal with

Top tip: If you have a passenger, get them to remind you each time you set off that you should be driving on the right-hand side of the road.

The Spanish policía can issue hefty on-the-spot fines. Make sure you get an official receipt if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, so you have a reference in case you wish to appeal.