About to head to Spain on a driving adventure? We’re jealous!

You could be doing this for a number of reasons – particularly if you’ve decided to take a hire van along for the ride.

One thing is for certain: you’re in for an exciting road trip. But, as always, there are some fairly mundane, boring things you’ll need to take into consideration, too.

It’s important you do, too, because there are some key differences to driving in Spain that UK drivers need to be aware of.

The good news is you’ve found this blog post, and we’re going to give you everything you need to know about van hire and driving in Spain.


Remember to take the essentials

There are some really important things you’ll need with you while driving a hire van in Spain. Some are obvious – some less so.

Here are the key things you’ll need to take with you:

  • your full, valid driving licence;
  • insurance documents;
  • personal identification (such as your passport);
  • the V5 document for the vehicle or hire documents from the rental company;
  • a warning triangle;
  • reflective jackets;
  • GB sticker; and
  • headlight beam deflectors.

You probably won’t need all of the above during your time on Spain’s roads, but pre-planning is vital, regardless, and it’s one less thing to worry about if you have everything safely to hand – just in case.


The obvious stuff

Well, we say “obvious”, but sometimes these things really do bear repeating.

When driving anywhere, let alone Spain, you must do so without being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There’s no requirement for a breathalyser kit in Spain, but just keep in mind that the blood alcohol limit is 0.05% if you’re an experienced driver. If you have less than three years’ experience, that drops to 0.01%.

Basically, it’s best not to have a single drop, unless you’re finished driving for the day!

However, in Spain, just like over here, you’ll also need to ensure that you’re only using a truly hands-free phone (not one that’s attached to your ears).

You also can’t have Bluetooth music players in the car, or any screens, such as iPads. Spain has also banned radar speed checking devices and GPS speed detection equipment, so you’re best off leaving that stuff at home.


Spanish police enforcing laws

Unlike the UK, Spain features two types of enforcing laws that you need to be aware of while driving in the country.

The first is the Policia Local, who deal with general low-level activities that might take place in towns and cities. They’re quite a regular sight, but won’t trouble you if you stick to the rules.

When on the open road and motorways, you’re more likely to see the Guardia Civil, who patrol those roads in search for anyone breaking the law. Keep an eye out and make sure you stick to the rules! In a road emergency in Spain, call 112 to contact the police, medical service, or fire brigade as appropriate. A comprehensive list of emergency numbers in Spain can be found here.

With that stuff out of the way, if you’d like to book a hire van for Spain or, indeed, have any additional questions about driving in a foreign country, just get in touch with the Squab hire team, today!