Driving Tips in Spain - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Spain has never been this easy, allow Sixt's tips to guide you through everything you need to know when driving a car in Spain.

Driving Tips Spain

There are many similarities between driving in other European countries and driving in Spain, but there are also differences and it is your responsibility to ensure you are driving within the law. The most obvious rule is that you are required to drive on the right hand side of the road, the opposite to normal if you are from the UK. In Spain the unnecessary use of car horns is prohibited, in built-up areas the horn should only be used briefly and only in emergencies. In fact some urban areas will have signs prohibiting the use completely, in this case your lights are to be flashed. On approaching an intersection it is crucial to remember to give way to those on your right. Roundabouts follow the same rules as in the UK, although vehicles will be driving around in an anti-clockwise direction. Wearing seat belts is also compulsory, excluding the rear seats of cars manufactured before 15th June 1992. An important tip when driving in Spain to note is if you're travelling with children is that up to the age of 12, children are required to use a restraint system if seated in the front, this rule does not apply if the child is over 135cm tall.

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Rules & Regulations

If you have a full EU driving license and are over the age of 18, then you are eligible to drive in Spain. The rules of the road are very similar to most other European countries; but to save you driving all the way, why not consider hiring a car from Sixt? Sixt has over 100 years of experience when it come to car rentals and over that time has developed an excellent reputation, with over 220,000 rental vehicles in 105 different countries. Our winning philosophy is great customer service, low prices and a large selection of vehicles.

In addition to the rules above there are fines for not indicating on Spanish motorways, ensure that you bear this in mind when changing lanes. When merging onto a motorway do not cross over the solid white line, wait until you have reached the point where the line is broken. Also it is expected that when traffic suddenly slows, you apply your hazard lights to warn those driving behind you.

The drink driving laws are more strict than in the UK with an allowance of 50mg/100ml (in the UK this is 80mg/100ml). However, they also have a stricter rule for new drivers that only allows them a legal limit of 20mg/100ml. Do not get caught out, the consequences are similar to the UK and in some circumstances you could expect more than a fine so when you're cruising around the Spanish towns remember Sixt's driving tips or you could be out of pocket!

A few tips if you are driving in Spain in one of Sixt's hire vehicles:

  • The Spanish motorways or 'autopistas' are toll roads, so ensure you have money to hand when driving a route that includes motorways.
  • A blue and white curb is similar to the double yellow lines system and indicates that you can wait briefly as long as the driver is still inside the vehicle. Blue spaces indicate a parking charge (you may have to walk a short distance to find a ticket machine), there are charges for not paying or overstaying.
  • On the spot fines are common, so firstly ensure you get a receipt if issued with one, if you are not carrying cash then you will be escorted to the nearest cash machine to draw out money.
  • The use of mobile phones is prohibited at any point behind the wheel. This includes being parked up beside the road, to use your phone you must leave the vehicle or be sat in the passenger seat.

Abide by the rules for your own safety and we hope that you would consider hiring a car from Sixt to drive in Spain.

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Speed Limits

The speed limits enforced in Spain are as follows:

  • Ordinary roads: 90km/h
  • Roads with more than one lane in each direction: 100km/h
  • Motorways and Dual Carriageways: 120km/h
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Things to Bring Along

Some tips on a number of items you must have in your vehicle when driving in Spain:

  • 2 reflective warning triangles.
  • Spare bulbs
  • Reflective vest
  • Spare wheel
  • Spare fan belt

In addition it is recommended that you also carry:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Torch

Now you have read our tips for driving in Spain why not check out some of the other great destination we have covered, these include Germany, Spain and France.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.

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