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Archive for April, 2009
There are some great places to see and drive around in Spain such as Granada and Sierra Nevada mountains, Malaga to Granada (with plenty of great stops on the way) or all the way to Seville! In the Summer months if you’re lucky enough to be in a convertible with the sun beating down on your backs driving doesn’t get much better but for those who have normal cars then make sure the air conditioning is working!
First and foremost don’t forget that the Spanish drive on the right hand side of the road. As you leave the airport you will see plenty of signs reminding you to drive on the right. If you have a sat nav then most of them these days will also remind you of this.
There recently has been a crackdown on indicating when driving on motorways and the Police are strictly enforcing fines. Please ensure you indicate when overtaking and again when pulling back into the same lane.
Like most countries Spain also has toll roads, if you are using a sat nav and planning your route it will ask you whether you wish to avoid toll roads. A sat nav comes highly recommended, especially as the roads in Spain are forever changing as the country continuously being developed. If you don’t have one then you can hire a sat nav for Spain and many other countries from Zintech. If you prefer to use a conventional map then make sure it is a recent edition and you take some time to plan your route in advance.
Accidents unfortunately do happen and if you’re involved in one then you must do the following. Exchange your details with the other party and call the police so you can obtain a police report. If you are driving your own car then inform your insurers immediately (don’t forget to take a contact number away with you) and the same goes for the car hire company if you are renting.
All passengers are required to wear seatbelts at all times.
All spectacled drivers are required to carry a spare pair of glasses in the vehicle at all times otherwise they could be fined.
Headlight converters are required if you are driving a car to Spain from the UK. For more information please look here.
A Bulb Kit is required in your car at all times.
2 Warning Triangles are neccessary for breakdown or accidents. Place one in front of the car and one at the back.
A high-vis vest must be kept in the car and used appropriately if exiting your vehicle (motorways).
Children under the age of 12 must use an approved booster seat or harness if sitting in the front of the car.
If you are in a hire car and some of the above safety equipment is missing then you might be fined if stopped by the police. Don’t worry, the car rental compnay with reimburse you.
The blood alcohol limit in Spain is stricter than in the UK – 50mg per 100ml of blood. If in doubt don’t drink and drive.
Mobile phones are not permitted while driving, even if hands free.
Parking is not permitted if the pavement is painted yellow and any illeagally parked cars will be towed away.
Residential area speed limit – 20 kph or 12 mph
Built up area speed limit 50 kph or 31 mph
Open road speed limit 90 kph or 56 mph
Major road speed limit 100 kph or 62 mph
Motorway speed limit 120 kph or 74 mph
Abierto – Road open
Carretera de peaje – Toll road
Ceda el paso – Give way
Cerrado – Road closed
Despacio – Slow
Desviacion – Diversion
Estacion de peaje – Toll booth
Gravilla – Loose chippings
Obras – Roadworks
Peligro – Danger
Priordad – Right of way
Prohibicion – Prohibited
Salida – Exit
Unleaded fuel – Gasolina sin plomo
Diesel – Gasoleo
We have recently signed up to Twitter where we will be posting latest snippets of our news as well as offers. Some of the offers will only be available for that day and from time to time we will be offering discounts up to 50% off our products. To follow us on Twitter simply click on the icon below which will take you to our page.
We will also be soon hosting a range of photos on Flickr that have been sent in from our customers from far flung places. Please feel free to email us your photos of anywhere in the world where you have used a sat nav or if you have seen any funny road signs on your journey we would like to post these also.
If you have any funny or interesting photos that you would like us to post on our public Flickr site please email them to email@example.com.
With the Bank Holiday approaching we are already running low on TomTom’s for hire for the UK and Europe. Therefore if you do intend on placing a booking with us this Bank Holiday I recommened you place your order soon to save disappointment. We noticed over the Easter weekend far more people where choosing to stay in the UK rather than travel overseas as in previous years so our UK TomTom’s are running out.
For today and today only we are offering 15% of sat nav hire. Just type 294 into promotional code box when making booking http://www.zintech.co.uk