- Most Spanish motorways, known as autopistas, charge tolls, which can be paid by cash or by credit card. You’ll know you’re on a toll road if you see the word peaje. Tolls can be expensive, hence many drivers steer clear of these roads, so traffic is usually non-existent. If you want to avoid coughing up the toll cash, drive along the autovias, or secondary highways instead. These often follow a similar route to the autopistas and are typically free, though they can be a little slower. You can recognise signs for them as they are prefixed with an ‘E’.
- The Guardia Civil enforce road regulations with an iron fist. Rent a car in Spain and be sure to stick to the rules. Don’t drink and drive, unless you want to spend a night in a Spanish jail. Even a small drink could push you over the 0.5mg limit. Avoid hefty on-the-spot fines by staying within the speed limits. Be warned that having no cash is no excuse: police will take you to the nearest cash machine so you can pay up.
- In Spain, it is illegal to wear headphones while driving, and this includes mobile headsets. Using a hands-free system, providing it doesn’t include a headset, is allowed.
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