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Tips for driving your motorhome in Spain

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Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is advising on driving regulations for Spain.

So if you're planning a trip to España in your motorhome, remember:

• You are required to carry two warning triangles in your vehicle. In the event of a breakdown, they should be placed in front of and behind the motorhome.

If a driver wears glasses, they must keep a spare pair in the motorhome.

• As with much of Europe, the drink drive limit is lower in Spain than in the UK. Bear this in mind, and if you’re going to drive, make it none for the road.

Parking in many towns is controlled by blue zones (zonas azul) where a disc must be displayed.

Don’t park on main roads with continuous white lines along the edge.

• Children can sit in the front seat but must be at least 12 years old, unless using a child restraint.

Radar speed camera detectors are still allowed in Spain, but the authorities are considering banning them, so make sure you are up to date with this legislation before you travel.

Remember that if you drive through France to get to (or from) Spain you have that set of rules to deal with as well

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger says: “Rest up before any long journey, prepare your car for the trip, and if you have a passenger, get them to remind you each time you set off that you should be driving on the right-hand side of the road.

“The Spanish policía issue on-the-spot fines, which can be rather hefty. Make sure you get an official receipt if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, so you have a reference in case you wish to appeal.”

Travelling to Germany this year?
Read the IAM's tips for driving in Germany here

Travelling to Italy this year? Read the IAM's tips for driving in Italy here

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