1. The tricky terrain of the Sierra Nevada could sap the confidence of even the most experienced driver. Be prepared for some difficult driving territory from Malaga up into the mountains; the switchbacks alone will leave some with sweaty palms.
2. Spaniards tend to be aggressive drivers – expect honking, swearing and vigorous gesticulating in the course of a day’s drive. Your best bet is to keep calm and carry on; the last thing you want during your holiday is an accident on the road.
3. All drivers have to keep two warning triangles and a reflective jacket in the car; if you don’t have these, you’ll liable for an on-the-spot fine, foreigner or not. Glasses-wearers are also obliged to carry a spare pair of glasses with them (although this might not be enforced as rigorously). The Guardia Civil do carry out checks, so check with your Malaga car rental company that jackets and triangles are provided before heading out onto the open road.