Rent a car in Spain: the high-speed mode
In this country, there are the standard speed limit:
| Location section of the road
| Maximum speed (km / h)
| Car trailer
| Cars without a trailer
| In the village
| Outside of the village
| On the road
| On the motorway
Car booking in Spain: Speed limitations
There are standard speed limits in this country:
|Tom speed limit (km/h)
|Car with trailer
|Car without trailer
|In a built-up area
|Outside a built-up area
|On a motorway
|On a motor trunk way
The parking slot fee is influence by the time of day and the day of week, and even by the week of month. Some places require a special permit for car parking during the working hours, which are called in Spain “Horas laborables”.
The cities centers are supplied with a limited number of parking lots. So, in order to leave your car in a blue zone, it will be necessary to purchase a special parking coupon issued by an automated device. During the weekdays, the payment can be performed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and on Saturday the payment is performable only in the first part of the day from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Most of the cities have underground parking stations, showing the presence or absence of available parking lots. Such parking fee is paid before leaving the parking station at the payment zones or at a checkout counter.
Some of the Spanish cities use the Ora Zona system at the parking stations. Parking coupons are valid for 30, 60 and 90 minutes, can be purchased in many city sales points or tobacco shop.
If you are travelling along Spain by a rent car, remember not to leave your car in the places with a breakdown truck sign. In this case you are at a risk of meeting an unpleasant situation and having your car towed. To have your car back will be possible only after penalty payment in the amount of up to 100 €.
Parking in the places intended for people with disabilities can result in a more severe «punishment» - a penalty up to 200 €.
Admissible alcohol limit
If you are planning to lease a car right in the airport, upon your arrival to Spain, then you should refuse from alcoholic drinks prior and during the flight, because the alcohol limit exceeding penalty amounts to 500 €. The limit itself comprises 0.5 per mille for experienced drivers and 0.3 per mille for those, whose driving experience is less than two years. In case of refusal of consent to pass a blood alcohol content test, the penalty will stay unchanged and amount to 500 €.
Renting a car in Spain: traffic regulations
Low beam should be obligatory used only while passing through a tunnel.
Children under 3 years can be carried in cars only in special child restraint systems, necessarily corresponding to the weight of a child. Older children with a height below 135 cm should be carried in a child seat or a booster.
It is forbidden to talk by a cell phone while driving a car in Spain without using any special technical devices. More than that, your cell phone should be turned off while fueling a car tank at a fuel filling station.
In Spain it is possible to purchase 95 or 98 standard lead-free petrol – “Gasoline sin plomo”, or diesel fuel called Gasoleo 'A' or Gas-oil. The leaded petrol is not for sale in this country. The gas filling stations are also available, but in low quantity.
The cheapest fuel can be found in the Canary Islands. The cost here is lower for 0.20-0.22 €, than an average price along the country.
A motorway of 16 204 km in length was built in Spain. Besides, there is foreseen a separate fee rate for a car drive along some decent sections of this road. For example, after hiring a car in Spain and starting your travel through the АР-6 motorway from Madrid to Adanero, will «relieve your pocket» for € 12.15. The toll size will depend on many parameters:
- Motor vehicle category;
- Rush Hour during the day.
There are several sections with a special payment rate. The Cadi tunnel, located in Barcelona, is one of such places. Out of all Spanish tunnels it is the third one according to its length (5 026 meters). In the table below you can find the road tolls for the year 2013:
|Payment amount (EUR)
|Motorcycles with and without a side-car.
|Passenger cars and vans, having 2 axels and up to 9 seating positions, or having 1 axels without trailer towing.
|Minibuses and vans, having 2 axels and above 9 seating positions, or having 1 axel without trailer towing. Buses and trucks, having 2 axels (more than 4 wheels).
|Passenger cars and vans, having 2 axels and up to 9 seating positions, or with towing for 2 axels trailers.
|Minibuses and vans, having 2 axels and towing for trailers with 2 non-tandem axles. Buses and trucks, having 2 axels (more than 4 wheels).
|Vans and passenger cars, having 2 axels and up to 9 seating positions, as well as towing of a trailer with 2 axels and twin wheels at least on one of the two axels.