Planning to rent a car in Spain? Familiarize yourself with the country's traffic rules, fines, and road police to ensure a safe and enjoyable driving experience.
Traffic Rules in Spain
- In Spain, vehicles drive on the right side of the road.
- Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle.
- Using a mobile phone while driving is strictly prohibited, except when using a hands-free device.
- Children under 135 cm (53 inches) tall must use a suitable child restraint system in both front and rear seats. Children taller than 135 cm must use a seat belt.
- Headlights must be used between sunset and sunrise, in tunnels, and during poor visibility conditions. Daytime running lights are recommended.
- The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.05% for drivers and 0.03% for novice drivers with less than two years of experience.
Speed Limits in Spain
- Urban Roads: 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Non-Urban Roads: 90 km/h (56 mph)
- Main Roads: 100 km/h (62 mph)
- Motorways: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Fines in Spain
- Speeding: Fines range from €100 to €600, depending on the excess speed.
- Not wearing a seat belt: €200.
- Using a mobile phone while driving: €200.
- Parking violations: €60 to €200, depending on the severity.
- Running a red light: €200.
- Drunk driving: €500 to €1,000, depending on the BAC level.
- Children without child seats: €200.
Fines can be paid online, at a bank, or at a post office within 20 days to receive a 50% discount.
Road Police in Spain
Traffic cameras monitor Spain's roads for speeding and other violations. The road police, called Guardia Civil, are responsible for enforcing traffic laws. If stopped by the police, remain calm and polite, and provide your driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance documents. In case of an accident, call 112 for emergency assistance.