Driving in Spain is the source of many debates, worries, and even laughs. The following tips are not formal, and not part of the Spanish Highway Code. They might make life a little easier for you… but then again… if a policeman asks… don’t blame us!
The White Towel Trick
Need to get to a hospital in a hurry? Then trap a white towel, t-shirt, oversized knickers or similar in the window on the driver’s side – so that it flaps wildly as you whizz up the road. The police recognise this as an unofficial sign that you have a dire emergency… and often will give you an escort to the nearest hospital. Needless to say, emergencies do not include being late home for dinner, or missing “kick-off” on the telly at your favourite bar
Round and round and round
Roundabouts? Eek! Do what the locals do… keep an eye on everything around you, and stick to the outside lane. Don’t do what I do – close your eyes until it’s all over. Mind you – I’m not doing the driving, so it doesn’t matter if my eyes are closed or not.
Looking out for pedestrians
Approaching a pedestrian crossing? Obviously you need to slow down! But if there is someone about to cross, then switch on your left indicator so any vehicles behind you are alerted that something is going on. We saw this first in Lanzarote and thought it was a great idea
Drive on the right hand side of the road! Yes, it sounds obvious doesn’t it? but you’d be surprised how many cars (with drivers from the UK and Ireland) drift over to the other side. This is especially evident close to airports on changeover days.
That’s it for now – but perhaps you have some that you would like to share? Then feel free to leave us a comment below.