Spain is one of the most popular destinations for British tourists both in the winter and summer months. If you are heading across the channel soon and taking your car with you, here is our driving in Spain checklist with what you need to keep in your car if you drive in Spain.

If you’re hiring a car, you, as the driver, will be responsible for ensuring the correct safety equipment such as reflective jackets and warning triangles are on-board.

What do I need to drive in Spain?

Let’s start with the documents:        

  • A valid, full driving licence
  • Proof of at least third-party insurance
  • ID – usually your passport
  • Vehicle registration document (V5C)

[Read more: Driving in France checklist - What you need to take with you if you’re driving to France this year]

There are also some other legal requirements for driving in Spain and you can be fined if you don’t adhere to them. This is what you need to have in your car at all times.

  • Two warning triangles – to be deployed in case of an accident, one at the front of the car and one at the rear.
  • Reflective jackets are not compulsory in the car, but you can be fined if you are walking on the hard shoulder without wearingone, so in practice it is good to have at least one with you
  • Headlamp beam deflectors – these must be affixed to British vehicles in order to avoid dazzling other road users.
  • If your number plate does not have an integral GB symbol, you’ll need to attach a GB sticker to the rear of your car.
  • If you wear glasses when driving, you are required to have a spare pair in the car.
  • Cars must also be equipped with front and rear seatbelts.

For additional road rules, tips and rules pertaining to specific types of vehicles or towing, please refer to the AA or RAC websites.

All information correct as of May 19, 2017

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