When joining a dual carriageway or motorway you must give way to traffic from the left. Often there is a filter lane but sometimes there is not so be prepared to stop. You must not cross a solid white line: only join the main traffic flow where the white line becomes broken and it is safe to do so.
Talking on mobile phones when driving is forbidden, even when pulled over to the side of the road. You must be completely away from the road. Using an earpiece is also prohibited but units that are completely hands-free are permitted.
If your vehicle is immobilised on the carriageway you must try to get the vehicle on to the hard shoulder, put the hazard lights on and place the warning triangles as follows:
On major roads and motorways with no on-coming traffic place one triangle 50 metres to the rear. On other roads with traffic in both directions place one triangle 50 metres in front of the vehicle and the other 50 metres behind the vehicle.
Please note: 50 metres is approximately 100 paces (walking).
Please remember to wear the Hi-Vis jacket when placing the triangles.
The wearing of a reflective (Hi Vis) jacket/waistcoat is compulsory if driver and/or passenger(s) exits a vehicle which is immobilised on the carriageway of all motorways and main or busy roads. You must put on the jackets before exiting the vehicle and so they should be kept within the passenger compartment or in the boot but accesible from inside the vehicle.
Car hire companies are not under legal obligation to supply them to persons hiring vehicles, so often don’t; however for your convenience and peace of mind Drivalia does provide one.
Required for all passengers in the front and back seats. No children under the age of twelve should be in the front seat and small children must be in an approved child safety seat in the back seat. Drivalia can provide a child seat: please request at the time of booking.
Autopista de Peajes have toll booths at intervals. The toll fee can be paid in cash or by card with booth(s) dedicated to each: follow the appropriate signs.
Unless you carry an ETC device (Electronic Toll Collection) avoid the blue-laned booths as these are only for “non-stop” automatic payment. They are clearly labelled “TELEPEAJE”, “Via-t” or they have a blue “T” at the entrance.
In town the best advice is to park in an official car park (multi-storey or underground). Prices will be displayed outside the car park - check before entering. Be careful of parking restrictions when parking on the street.
You might find there is a blue, orange or yellow line on the pavement.
Blue or orange line = purchase a ticket from the nearest machine or ticket attendant. Check the time restrictions.
Motorists must not change lanes when there is a solid white line in the road. When entering a motorway from a sliproad, drivers must wait until the solid white line changes to a broken line before pulling out
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