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Get to know the rules of the road in Spain

They say that driving a car is like riding a bike. There comes a point when a muscle memory is created that allows us to automate actions that previously cost us more effort. It is not the same to drive for the first time compared to when you have been driving every day for several years. Nor is driving in a country like the United Kingdom or Germany the same as driving in Spain. Muscle memory is very useful for reacting to road hazards, but it can also be dangerous when driving in unfamiliar places. 

The rules of the road in Spain are not very complicated, but they do have some notable differences with other countries. Being aware of the current regulations and the particularities of our roads will help you to avoid being caught out by habit or being fined and wasting time on your holiday. Today, we are going to explain the rules of the road in Spain so that you can travel safely and with peace of mind when you rent a car. 


Road rules in Spain: the basics 

In Spain, people always drive in the right-hand lane. When joining the road or turning at a junction, always look for the right-hand lane. Besides, the left lane is often going in the opposite direction, and we might not realise it until a car comes along. There are many countries where people drive on the left, so this difference is often very noticeable to many foreigners. 

It’s worth mentioning that when there are two lanes in the same direction, and they are separated by a broken line, you can drive on the left, but only to overtake or if you have to turn left. Many Spanish cities have introduced dedicated lanes for bikes or buses. Be careful with these lanes, as they’re usually located on the right. 

The right-hand rule also applies to unsigned junctions. At an unsigned junction, you must give way to the vehicle approaching from the right, in accordance with Spanish traffic regulations. At roundabouts, you should drive in the right-hand lane (the outside lane) when you are going to exit to avoid passing other cars. 

Speed limits in Spain 

Spanish traffic regulations establish a maximum speed limit for each type of vehicle, with a lorry with a trailer having lower limits than a passenger car. However, the vast majority of vehicles in circulation share the following: 

In urban areas:  

– With only one lane and where the pedestrian zone is at the same height as the road: 20 km per hour 

– Single lane, but with a raised paved pavement: 30 km per hour. 

– With two lanes in the same direction: 50 km per hour 

On conventional roads: 90 km per hour.

On motorways and highways: 120 km per hour. 

It is important to mention that, according to current Spanish traffic regulations, it is forbidden to exceed the 120 km/h limit, even if it is in the left lane and with the intention of overtaking.  

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Drive safely with Lara Cars 

Choosing the right vehicle to travel with is also important for our safety and comfort. Being able to choose between manual and automatic, or choosing a car of a similar size to the one we usually drive, are comfort factors that translate into a much safer driving experience. In addition, the peace of mind of having comprehensive insurance with no excess and knowing that the vehicle has been checked by professionals just before it is delivered to you is well worth it. 

With Lara Cars, enjoy a safe and distraction-free journey. 

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