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90 kmh Motorway Speed Limit
The driving culture in Spain?
What are the roads like in Spain?
Overall, the road network in Spain is excellent. The motorways in particular are smooth and obstruction-free, although a few minor roads in rural parts of the country haven’t received the care and attention needed. It’s worth taking care further north towards the Pyrenees where there are plenty of sharp bends to watch out for.
What are the drivers like in Spain?
It largely depends on where you drive. In the big cities, drivers tend to be a little more aggressive, but in the country, you’re significantly less likely to encounter this. To be safe, it’s always best to drive conservatively and be courteous.
What are the best times to drive?
Traffic levels in Spain largely depend on the environment. In major cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, rush hour is usually between 8am-10am in the morning and 4pm-6pm in the evenings. Sometimes, for the siesta, there’s one between 1pm-3pm, although there’s sometimes one between 8pm-10pm for the rush home from work.
What are the driving laws?
You need a full, valid driving licence with paper counterpart, proof of insurance, a passport and proof of ownership or hire. Any children under 12 who measure less than 135cm (4ft 5ins) tall must be seated in an appropriate child seat. A reflective jacket and spare tyre in your boot are required at all times. It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in front and rear seats of the vehicle.