Traffic regulations in Spain
Spain is an attractive European country for tourism. Quality of service, impressive sights and historical heritage, unique atmosphere of hospitality - this ensures a constant influx of tourists, and as a result, the development of the tourist business. However, many people think about how to move about in Spain. Spending money on a taxi for daily trips will be too expensive, and public transport is often uncomfortable if you carry backpacks and bags. Therefore, the best choice will be renting a car for lack of one's own.
However, here you are waiting for various pitfalls, the name of which is the SDA. Unlike the usual Russian roads, the Spaniards adhere to somewhat different rules of behavior behind the wheel, and knowing the small nuances will save you from trouble, providing an excellent and relaxed vacation.
Spain has not in vain won the status of the most hospitable country - the police often condescendingly treat arriving at the height of the season tourists, providing an oral reprimand for the first non-serious offense. However, do not rely solely on this - the best way to avoid punishment is knowing the nuances:
- Restrictions. Remember that in Spain there is a strict high-speed mode. Within the city limits, it is 60 kilometers per hour, on country roads it is possible to accelerate up to 100 km / h. Highways are designed for high-speed travel, and the bar on them rises to 120 km / h. Determine the permitted speed can be due to the designations, in abundance along the routes - for convenience they are additionally duplicated;
- pedestrian crossings. According to statistics, Spanish pedestrians are one of the most violent offenders - many simply run across the road or even ignore the traffic lights. Before the zebra you need to be especially careful, let the law and it is on your side;
- countryside. Outside the city and in the villages, Spanish roads do not have markings, and local forest fauna and livestock are the most dangerous. To avoid an accident, it is better not to accelerate to high speeds and be attentive;
- left row on the road. Unlike domestic routes, the left lane can only be used to overtake the car in front. If you continue to move along this strip, then create significant inconvenience to other people and congestion. In addition, do not forget that overtaking to the right is prohibited in any form;
- dial tone. The Spaniards, no doubt, are very temperamental people, and are not shy in expressing feelings, either by personal communication or on the road, using the horn abundantly. It does not make sense to imitate them, and many tourists do not know that the use of a whistle is also the basis for a penalty stop;
- dedicated bands. To ordinary motorists to occupy such strips is impossible - they are intended only for the state transport and taxi;
- circular motion. A serious maneuver for beginners can become a majority of crossroads - in order to avoid accidents and to increase the patency on them organized a circular motion. Because of the priority that cars have on the circle, and the need to choose the moment, arrival and departure can be quite a difficult test;
- phone calls. Conversations on the mobile phone during traffic are strictly prohibited - for this you can write a fine of up to six hundred euros without looking at the fact that you are a tourist. To always be in touch, you need to purchase a hands-free headset that releases hands for control.
To park a car in Spain you need to take into account the features:
- One-way streets. Despite the abundance of paid and free parking in a small city in the country, sometimes you have to park directly on the road. On the one-sided it is important to observe an unusual rule - depending on whether, even or odd for today, you need to park on the appropriate side of the road, according to house numbers;
- the VADO sign. Parking near this sign is prohibited - it means entering the garage and is needed to prevent emergencies;
- special marking. Spanish roads are rich in color tips to knowledgeable drivers. For example, red lines completely prohibit a stop on this section of the road, and yellow, posted on the curb, allow for a stop, but only for the rapid unloading of passengers. The blue parking line also means that it takes longer than two hours to occupy the place indicated.
If you stopped in the wrong place, then the car is evacuated to the parking lot. To get it back, you have to pay a fine of hundreds of euros.
- Headlights. You can turn on the light only in conditions of poor visibility (for example, in fog or during a rain), in a tunnel or in the dark, otherwise you can run into a warning or a penalty. Also, the driver must have a set of spare lamps and a warning sign;
- Transportation of children. Strict rules allow you to transport the child only in a specialized child seat, fixed in the back seat. Also, the police carefully checks whether all passengers are fastened with seat belts;
- alcohol. Driving in a state of intoxication is a serious violation of the rules, which can cause many problems. The permissible dose in the blood for experienced drivers is 0.3, and for beginners - 0.15 ppm.
If you still received a fine, you must pay it on the spot, or name the guarantor-citizen of Spain, from which the proper amount will be collected. Otherwise, the police have every right to confiscate the vehicle until the debt is repaid.