Driving in Spain – Some tips and advise!
Remember “if in doubt dont!” The traffic police do not give kindly to drivers and road users not knowing or understanding the rules.
There is abundant information online in all languages, so ensure you are up to date and understand the road rules.
DRINKING AND DRIVING: Best advise that can be given is just dont! – Spain has strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood – stricter than the UK where the limit is 0.8. New drivers are effectively forbidden to drink and drive, with a very low 0.1 mg/l limit.
SPEED: Watch your speed! There are speed cameras all over, especially near the cities. There are also many cities with restricted driving for residents or public transit only. Granada is especially popular for those camera tickets for driving in a restricted zone.
SEAT BELTS: Seat belts are worn in front and back seats at all times. Children under 12 must sit in the back seat of a car. Babies and children must use age/weight appropriate safety seats.
ROUNDABOUTS: You must pay special attention when accessing roundabouts in Spain, as cars driving on the inner lane can have right-of-way. To exit a roundabout, you need to take the outside lane.
WHO TO CALL: The telephone number of traffic information for all of Spain is 011 (fees apply). It provides information on traffic conditions throughout Spain.
The Spanish General Direction of Traffic (Dirección General de Tráfico, or DGT) has an official website (in Spanish) for general queries and further information, and includes up-to-date traffic information in Spain.
Here are some signs and the real meaning of them that you may see on your travels!!! Some signs are confusing and often misunderstood!!!