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Although driving in the area around the Mediterranean coast can be a daunting experience at first, driving in the remainder of Spain can be a rewarding experience.

Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.

The availability of rental cars is very good throughout Spain and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.

The speed limits in Spain are:

On Motorways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 74 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour. That's 55 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.

Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in Britain which is 80mg per 100ml.

Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Spain even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

All vehicles must carry a warning triangle and a reflectorised jacket or waistcoat, check your hire car carries them before you drive away. In the event of a breakdown on the motorway you must wear a reflective (high visibility) jacket.

It is compulsory to carry a spare pair of glasses if these are required for driving. Full headlights (main beam) must not be used in urban areas.


These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Spain. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves

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