Road rules & regulations
When driving in a different country, it is important that you are aware of any road laws and restrictions that may differ from home.
In built up areas, stick to 50km/h and 90 km/h on other roads, for example on the outskirts of towns. Dual carriageways separated by a central reservation and motorways (toll roads) have a maximum speed of 120km/h.
Spanish fines will be sent to your home address. If paid within the first 20 days, you can benefit from a 50% discount. They can even be paid online on the DGT ('Dirección General de Tráfico') website. The use of radar detectors is also absolutely forbidden in Spain and failure to comply can involve a fine.
If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream exceeds 0.5gr/l (0.25g/l breath alcohol) then severe penalties including fines, imprisonment and/or loss of licence will ensue. This means that just one pint of beer can take you up to the limit. The police also use saliva drug tests to detect people under the influence of drugs whilst behind the wheel.
Mobile phones may not be used whilst driving unless with a hands-free kit.
Triangles & High Vis
Reflective jackets are mandatory to carry, someone walking on the road or hard shoulder can be fined if not wearing one. Warning triangles are also compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more and Spanish residents must carry 2.
If you have passengers in your car then the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory for both front and back seat passengers. Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm in height must travel in the back seats of the car and be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight. Children measuring more than 135cm may use an adult seat belt. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that all passengers are appropriately restrained.
Use of the Horn
Unnecessary use of audible warning devices is prohibited. Warning signals must be brief in built-up areas, and local authorities may prohibit the use of such signals completely, which is indicated by signs, except in an emergency.