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In Spain you drive on the right-hand side of the road (i.e. the opposite side to the UK). Always be aware and think carefully before pulling out of a junction! Your car will be a left-hand drive model. Make sure you’re confident enough to handle the differences.

Driving in Spainis easy, but one should be aware that junction layouts are sometimes a little “strange” and the behaviour of local drivers can be “impatient”. Nevertheless, with a sensible attitude, UK drivers will find no problems in getting around.

Do not be tempted to exceed the speed limits - you may be stuck with a substantial “on the spot” fine.

It is a legal requirement that you carry an identification document (i.e. your passport) at all times. When driving you must have your driving licence with you as well as all legal paperwork of the car (i.e. all the documents you are given when collecting the vehicle).

Never lose your temper with another driver and remonstrate in any way. You will not change his or her original opinion! Just carry on and enjoy your holiday!

If you are involved in an accident of any kind, the police should be called immediately (dial 112 from any phone).

If you suffer a breakdown and have to stop on the road, it is a legal requirement to place a red warning triangle (supplied with the vehicle) on the road approximately 50 metres before your vehicle.

Pay careful attention to traffic lights. Unlike in the UK, the lights will be on your side of the junction only (i.e. not repeated on the far side of the junction). Flashing amber means “you may proceed with caution”, so when turning left or right don’t wait for a green signal.

Be aware that “zebra” pedestrian crossings do not have the same meaning or respect in Spain as the UK. Others drivers may not stop for pedestrians, and pedestrians may cross without warning. If the pedestrian crossing has traffic lights as well, then obey the lights, not the “zebra” markings. Never wave a pedestrian across in front of you: another driver may not stop.

Roads in Spain do not normally have cats-eyes. This can make driving at night tricky, especially if you don’t see too well.

Direction signs can be hard to see, wrong or missing altogether. Do not expect to be directed in a clear and unambiguous fashion - study a map well before you set off.