Spain has strict drink driving laws, only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood – stricter than the UK (where the limit is 0.8). New drivers are effectively forbidden to drink and drive, with a very low 0.1 mg/l limit. Over 0.05 per cent and you could face anything from a severe fine, withdrawal of your license or imprisonment.
Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere.
A reflective jacket is required for every occupant of the car If at any time you have to leave your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown or while waiting for the arrival of the emergency services, you must wear a reflective jacket or you may face a heavy fine.
You also are required to carry a spare wheel, and tools.
Fines: On the spot fines are issued. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.
Replacement bulb set is compulsory.
SPEED LIMIT CHANGE: A temporary speed limit on Motorways of 110 km/h was in forced from March 7th 2011 as a fuel saving measure but it has now returned to 120.
Warning triangle is compulsory. One only is required for non-Spanish registered vehicles. Two triangles are required for Spanish vehicles, but to avoid difficulties with the police we recommend two triangles should be carried.
If you wear glasses when driving you are obliged to carry a spare pair in the car at all times.