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Basic driving information

Basic driving information



These are the most basic requirements for drivers on Spanish roads:

  • Driving license, car document and insurance must be carried at all times.
  • Seat belts are worn in front and back seats at all times.
    Blood alcohol levels must register less than 1.2mg/0.6ml of alcohol be in the blood. (This limit is lower than in many other countries and can be reached after consuming as little as one small glass of wine or beer).
  • Two warning triangles and reflective vests must be in your vehicle at all times, and used in case of accident or car problems.
  • Drivers are required to aid accident victims if they are the first on the scene.
  • You must have a hands free device to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Children under 12 must sit in the back seat of a car.
    Babies and children must use age/weight appropriate safety seats.
  • Helmets are required for driving mopeds and motorcycles and children under 12 are not allowed on motorbikes with the exception that children over seven may ride with their parents, legal guardians or an adult that has been authorised by their parents provided they wear a helmet and abide by all rules and regulations.
  • You are not allowed to warn other drivers that police checkpoints are ahead.
  • Radar detectors are prohibited.

Rules of the road

  • Give way to the right.
  • Priority is to those already on a roundabout.