June 15, 2012

Driving tips to take the pain out of Spain

Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on driving regulations for Spain.

Elstow said: “Rest up before any long journey, prepare your car for the trip, and if you have a passenger get them to remind you that you’re driving on the right-hand side of the road.

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

- You are required to carry two warning triangles. In the event of a breakdown, they should be placed in front of and behind the car.
- If a driver wears glasses, they must keep a spare pair in the car.
- As with much of Europe, the drink drive limit is lower in Spain than in the UK. Bear this in mind and if you’re going to drive, just don’t drink.
- 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.