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Driving in Spain

By Dragon Cars, Jun 28 2019 09:25AM

When driving in Spain, it is best to familiarise yourself with the Spanish highway code.

This is only meant to serve as a guide.

Right of way - Priority

The person on the right ALWAYS has priority.

This is important at junctions and roundabouts, unless otherwise indicated.


Most drivers seem unaware of the rules regarding roundabouts there are so many people who think that it is OK to exit the roundabout from the inside lane, it is not. Learner drivers are taught to go round the entire roundabout on the outside lane, as long as they signal to indicate that they are not intending to leave the roundabout and this is permitted. You should choose which lane to use according to the exit you are going to take, but remember you must drive anti-clockwise around a roundabout.

Traffic already on the roundabout has priority, you must only leave the roundabout from the outside lane

The last point is very important and the DGT website (Department of Traffic) recommends that if you are not able to get into the outside lane, then you should go round the roundabout again.


You must use your dipped headlights at all times when going through a tunnel. Incase of an accident or if you break down inside the tunnel, you must turn off your engine, put on your hazzard warning lights and your side lights.

Parking / Waiting

In Spain it is forbidden towing another vehicle. With a Spanish insurance, breakdown cover is included and they will tow your car to the garage of your choice and take you by taxi to your specified destination. If you have foreign insurance you must make sure that you are covered for breakdown cover.


Speed restrictions are being strictly enforced, both with undercover cars and helicopters patrolling the roads. It is a good idea, therefore, to follow speed limits exactly.


You must use your dipped healights between sunset and sunrise. You must also use your headlights in a contraflow system.


It is forbidden to tow another vehicle. If you have Spanish insurance, breakdown cover is included and they will tow your car to the garage of your choice and take you by taxi to your specified destination. If you have foreign insurance you must make sure that you are covered.


If you have a minor accident with another car, you should complete the accident claim form. No one should admit responsiblity: that will be decided at a later stage by the insurance companies but you should include a diagram of the position of the cars on the road, damage, etc.

Minimum speeds

On each type of road there is a minimum speed. If you are unable to drive at that speed, you should use the outside lane and put on your your hazzard warning lights.


The minimum distance for overtaking is 1.5 metres. This applies regardless of whether you are overtaking a car or bicycle or passing pedstrians. Similarly, you must not overtake if there are cyclists coming towards you on the other side, even if they are on the hard shoulder.

Fog lights

You should use your fog lights if you are driving through fog but you MUST NOT use your back fog light except in the case of very heavy fog.

Seat belts

You must wear seatbelts in the front and back.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones must not be used while driving. You can use hands-free kits but not earpieces or headphones.

Some of the more unknown fines

Putting on make-up, eating or setting a GPS while driving: 100 euro fine

Using a mobile phone: 200 euro fine and 3 points off your licence

Driving with your elbow out of the window: 100 euro fine

Driving barechested or barefoot: 200 euro fine

Driving on the inside or middle lane of a motorway when the outside lane is free: 200 euro fine

Needlessly sounding your horn: 80 euro fine (the horn should only be used to avoid an accident)

Driving barechested or barefoot: 200 euro fine

Going through an amber traffic light: 80 euro fine (this is only permitted when it is impossible to brake)

Not having a spare of glasses if you need glasses for driving: 90 euro fine

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