Driving

 Driving in Spain can be an adventure. You will find many wide open roads across the entire country. However, you need to take care as the accident rate can be high particularly on the motorways and it tends to be even worse during bank holiday weekends.

 

Remember, if you are coming from the UK that they drive on the right in Spain so you will need to adjust your lights. You also need to carry two red warning triangles to put in front of and behind the car if you have an accident or break down. You also need to carry reflective jackets to wear if you have a break down or accident.

Drivers need to have their log book (proof of ownership) in the car at all times. You also need your driving licence, insurance certificate and a spare pair of glasses, if you need them for driving. You can face a fine otherwise. Be warned, on the spot fines are commonplace and they can be hefty for any traffic violations such as speeding, drink-driving or using the mobile phone while driving.

 All passengers must wear seat belts. Children under 12 are not allowed in the front seats. Dogs must also wear a special seat belt in the back and are not allowed in the front seats either.

 Make sure you have plenty of money on you, if you use the toll roads as they can become quite expensive if you are going on a long journey.

 

In the Alicante region, there is a toll road – the AP7 – which runs virtually parallel to the N332. The AP7 is a lot quicker than the N332, which goes through the towns, and the toll road is usually much quieter as well.