Items to keep in your car when driving in Spain
When driving in Spain, every car is required to:
- Have reflective waistcoats to be used in the event of a breakdown - you must put on the reflective waistcoat before leaving the car.
- Carry two red reflective triangles to use as a warning in case the vehicle breaks down.
- Carry spare bulbs, fuses and the tools to change them.
Things to be aware of when driving in Spain
- Cars in Spain drive on the right hand side of the road
- Spanish road speed limits are 110km/h on motorways (autopista), 90km/h on main roads and 50km/h in urban areas
- Vehicle fuelling stations are frequent when driving around Spain and many of the main ones are open 24 hour and those that aren’t will list the nearest 24 hour service station
- It is against the law to drive whilst on a mobile phone and driving whilst on the phone may incur fines
- Seat belts are a legal requirement in Spain
- Do not drink and drive – maximum amount consumed to be considered legal to drive is the equivalent of a glass of wine or beer
- Be aware that some motorways are toll roads or autopista de peaje
- Undertaking on the right hand side is illegal in Spain
- You must not overtake another vehicle if there is a solid white line dividing the traffic lanes - you can only overtake if the white lines are split
Parking in Spanish towns and cities
- In towns and cities like Malaga there are parking zones marked in blue. However, there are ticket machines where you must pay parking fees and clearly display the parking ticket on the dashboard of your car.
- There are underground car parks around towns and cities that are usually cheaper than the blue parking zones.
- You must not park if the side-walk border is painted yellow or red.
For more information on travelling around Spain we recommend visiting the UK Foreign Office website.