- A stop sign in Spain means stop. It is not acceptable to roll over if there is nothing coming. You must bring your car to a complete stop. (150 euro fine and three points) – But be careful at roundabouts
because many just do not stop.
- You must not use a mobile phone while driving. (150 euro fine and three points) Yet it seems everybody else does.
- A left turn across an unbroken white line on a national road is illegal. (150 euro fine and three points) But….
- Overtaking on the right on an autopista or dual carriageway is illegal. (150 euro fine and three points) Except everybody does it, especially when someone hogs the fast lane.
- The drink drive laws are strictly enforced and the level is 0.25. You get the book thrown at you! Usually respected by most.
- The wearing of seatbelts (front and back) is compulsory. Beware of cameras you are forced to respect this one to avoid a fine and to be safe.
- It is compulsory to use the right indicator when overtaking and pulling back in again. Failure to use both indicators when overtaking could result in an ‘on the spot’ fine. They usually do.
- All driving schools in Spain teach their pupils to ‘touch park’ they will pull into a parking space and keep going until they bump into the car behind. That tells them it’s time to select first gear and move forward. It’s perfectly normal and acceptable, so try not to get annoyed if you think that a local has shunted your new car!
- If you are driving a Spanish registered car, you should be in possession of a Spanish driving licence, unless of course you are driving a hired car.
- The average Traffic Officer would probably not be aware of the finer points of EU law regarding number plates and driving licences and you would almost certainly escape a normal roadside stop. However, it all goes pear shaped in the unfortunate event of being involved in an accident. At this point your insurance company enters the picture!!!
The first thing to bear in mind is that in the small print most insurance companies will drop the level of cover to basic liability as soon as the vehicle leaves the country it is insured in.
The second thing to remember is that any insurance company, when faced with a potentially large claim will look for reasons to avoid paying out and that would include incorrect documentation! Consequently, once your insurance has cancels your policy because of incorrect documentation, the Police would then re-enter the picture as you would have been driving without insurance!!!!!