Spanish Driving Laws

If you are intended to come to Spain and do the driving in Spain with self-drive or fly-drive holiday packages in Spain it is necessary to know Spanish driving laws.

1- Driving Licence

One of the most important Spanish driving laws like the other countries is having valid driving license. You should have a valid international driving license or another driving license that is acceptable in Spain. For more information, you can read the page tourist driving in Spain.

2- Speed Limit

Another Spanish driving law is the speed limit. In Spain, the max speed limit in towns is 50 Km per hour and in some areas near schools is 30 km per hour. if you are on roads crossing the cities and in shortcuts around the cities the speed limit is 80 km per hour . in the roads between the cities depend on the road your max speed could be 90, 100 or 120 km per hour. do not forget that according to Spanish driving laws if you are carrying a light or large trailer or if you are traveling with van your speed limit is different than these numbers. if you are towing trailer up to 750 kg your maximum speed in motorways and dual carriageway is 90 km per hour, in a road with more than one lane in each direction is 80 km per hour and on the ordinary road is 70 km per hour.
According to Spanish driving laws, if you are on a road without any maximum allowable speed sign, you want to overtake, and the overtaking car's speed would be less than the maximum speed on that road, you can do the overtaking maneuver with plus 20 km per hour than the maximum speed on that road.

3- Necessary Items

Spanish driving laws force all drivers to carry reflective jackets and wear the reflecting jackets before coming out of the car in case of emergency between cities. Also, it is necessary to carry warning triangle to be used in case of emergency in intra urban roads. Also it is recommended to carry fire extinguisher, first aid kits and torch.

4- Driving Directions

According to Spain driving laws overtaking is from left and driving which is approaching from right have always priority. At the roundabout drivers in the roundabout has priority over drivers inside the roundabout and drivers on the secondary roads should give away to the drivers traveling on the main roads, although drivers on the main road should facilitate their joining to the traffic.

5- Seat Belt

The Spanish driving laws said that wearing a seat belt is compulsory for all passengers seating in front and back of the vehicle and the number of passengers that could seat inside a vehicle is equal to the number of seat belts in the vehicle.
According to Spanish driving laws, unnecessary use of warning devices is forbidden. You should use warning devices just to prevent the accident.

6- Child Seat

There are very important Spanish driving laws for Spain road trips with families. if you are traveling with a child and the child is below 135 cm height, the child could not seat in the front of the vehicle and should be seated in the back and use the child seat.
car seat laws Spain

7- Fines

If you get the fine, according to Spanish driving laws, you can pay the fine in less than 20 days and get a 50 % discount and a fine can be contested within 15 days. Do not forget that you should pay the motorist's fine immediately to them.

8- Parking

Do not forget that inside the main city centers the parking is paid parking and when you park you should look for the automated machine to get the ticket and put the ticket in the visible area inside the car behind the front glass. Otherwise, according to Spanish driving laws, you will get a fine.

9- Special Lanes

If you are in Barcelona and face a sign like BUS-VAO, according to Spanish driving laws it means you can use this line if you are bus, motorcycle, or car with at least two people boarded.

10- Tolls

Cash and credit card is accepted on the toll road. Usually, all the road starting with AP means that they are toll road. You should get the ticket when arriving on the road and pay when leaving the road.

11- Alcohol

According to Spanish driving laws if you are under the effect of alcohol and you have been asked to go for a breath test and you refuse, the police officer immobilized your car and he can suspend you’re driving permit for one to four years.