Driving in Spain
- How should children travel?
There are certain considerations to be taken into account when travelling with children in a car: It is prohibited to carry children in your arms. No one under 12 years of age can sit in the front, unless they use a car seat approved for this purpose. Children under three years of age must use an approved car seat suitable for their height and weight and must always be placed in the back seat. Any person over three years of age with a height under one and a half metres must use a car seat adapted to their size and weight. These instructions also apply to taxis, so if you want to travel with a baby in a taxi, you must carry an approved car seat.
- How can you find out about the road conditions?
In Spain you can find out real-time road conditions through the website of the Department of Transportation (http://infocar.dgt.es/etraffic/). Also, radio stations provide information about roads in their news programmes.
- How can you pay a fine?
The traffic violations sanctioned in the Road Safety Act must always be paid. The competent national sanctioning body is the Department of Transportation, through its officers. When paying these fines there are a few options: By telephone calling number 060 (from Spain): the service is only in Spanish. Payment is made by credit card. Online: through the Virtual Management website of the Department of Transportation of Spain. In any Banco Santander branch. In the postal service offices in Spain. In all cases you will need the file number of the fine. If the fine is paid within 20 calendar days there is a 50% reduction on the amount of the fine. In case the penalty is filed by a local authority on an urban road, it is recommended to refer directly to the traffic department of the City Council of that town.
- What fuels are sold in Spain?
Spain's gas stations mainly dispense the following fuels: Unleaded gasoline 95 Unleaded gasoline 98 Diesel A Biodiesel On the website of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (http://geoportalgasolineras.es/), you can find all the stations in Spain, the type of fuel supplied and the price.
- Are the motorway in Spain toll roads?
In Spain, the vast majority of roads in the national network are free to use. These include motorways (independent roads in each direction and with no intersections at the same level). Nevertheless, there are a series of motorway that may require the payment of a toll. They are the toll roads. The amount to pay varies depending on each case, but there are alternative routes that are generally free to use. You can check the highways that require toll payment on this website. Tolls may be paid in cash, by credit card or using electronic toll services (requires installation of a device in the car) Remember that there are S.O.S. posts along the toll roads every two miles or so.