Driving in Spain


We have put together some information that you might find useful while driving in Spain.

Car safety equipment

  • Warning triangle x 2
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate
  • Spare bulbs
  • Reflective vest
  • Spare pair of prescription spectacles (if worn for driving)
  • Spare wheel
  • Spare fan belt
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Torch

Click HERE for some useful Amazon links for all the above items.


No parking in spaces painted yellow. A blue and white curb indicates that you can wait briefly with the driver in the vehicle. Parking spaces with meters are marked in blue where a ticket can be purchased from an attendant or machine. The machine may be some distance away; don’t assume that because there is no meter near the car that parking is free. These spaces are usually for a maximum of two hours. Fines vary between areas.

Winter Equipment

Winter tyres are not compulsory. Snow chains and a shovel must be carried. The use of winter tyres in Spain is regional.

Mobile Phones

Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of a vehicle is illegal; ‘behind the wheel’ includes stationary at the side of the road. Only true hands free systems where the speaker is not attached to the ear are allowed.

Speed Camera Detectors

Radar and laser speed camera detection in Spain is illegal and you will be fined for using a speed camera detection device. You may however use GPS devices that warn you of speed cameras in Spain and the Spanish government actively promotes their database of fixed speed cameras.


Spain’s motorways (autopistas) are mostly toll roads and are identified by the letter A.

Speed Limits

Click HERE to check on the speed limits for this country.

Emergency Services Number

Emergency Services Number in Germany is 112.


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