What are the requirements for Americans driving in Spain

We are an American couple planning to rent a car and drive around in Spain. What are the practical things we should know before we rent a car?

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Here aresome practical things you should know before you rent and drive in Spain.

Documents needed

  • Driving licence
  • Proof of insurance (third party or above). Residents of Non EU member countries should take out a Frontier Insurance policy.
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)

International Driving Permit

Except for residents of EU countries, everyone else needs to have international driving permit to drive in Spain. You can be stopped in Spain by police or the Guardia Civil. If you are driving without a valid international driving permit , you will need to pay a fine of 200 euros immediately.If you do not pay, your vehicle will be confiscated until the fine is paid.

Drive Side

In Spain, you drive on the right side of the road.

Road Signs

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Minimum Age

You must be aged 18 +. To rent a vehicle you must be 21 +

Traveling with children

  • Children measuring less than 135cm must be placed in a child
    restraint system, except when traveling in rear seat of a taxi in an
    urban area.

Breath test

The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 gram/liter, which translates to one glass of wine or beer.

Speed Limit

120 km/h on motorways ; 100 km/h on dual carriageways.

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Best driving tips for Spain

  • Rent a SMALL car!!
    This is the first thing you should know about driving in Spain. We are a small country compared to USA and we have old cites and roads in the city centre that cannot fit large cars.

  • Manual transmission!!
    Almost 90 percent of all rentals in Spain (in fact all of Europe) are manual transmission. We are real drivers you know :-) If you are not comfortable with manual cars, specify AUTO in advance when you book your rental.

  • Drive only between cities
    Use the car to get from one city to another. Find a hotel with car parking or find a cheap public car park. Use public transport to travel within the city.

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