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The dreaded roundabouts in Spain

MOST foreign, and even local, drivers in Spain find the prospect of using a roundabout daunting, and, at times, frustrating. So many people seem to have their own “rules”, when it comes to using them! A roundabout is designed to improve the flow of traffic and not to hinder it, but that’s not always the […]

Driving habits that can cost you money

WHETHER you have been driving for years, or are an occasional or new driver, then you will probably have picked up bad driving habits. We all have bad habits, in all parts of our lives, but some driving habits can be costly, regarding fines, as well as the points system. Some habits are serious and […]

Brexit, and UK driving licences

WE are trying to keep our clients informed, as much as possible, regarding the exchange of UK licences to Spanish ones, and how Brexit is likely to, or will, affect those who have not yet exchanged their UK licences. Last week, we posted information on our Facebook page, having been verbally informed of the situation, […]

Vision and driving

DO you know whether your sight is really good enough to be driving safely? A recent survey was carried out, and concluded that more than eight million drivers do not see sufficiently well. The study was carried out in Spain by the Insituto de Varilux. Many readers may recognise this name, if they have varifocal […]

The importance of keeping information up to date

IN this issue, we are going to remind you of why it is important to keep your address and other details up to date, bearing in mind recent fatal, and near-fatal, accidents, that have occurred in the South of the island. In past years, your full name and address would appear on your vehicle’s “permiso […]

Ways to check your car is road-legal

THE Guardia Civil have advised that if you want to save yourself an €800 fine, then use the coin trick. Our vehicle needs be in good mechanical condition to drive safely, and without any worries. One of the most vital things that gets overlooked is the tyres. These are so important, because they are the […]

Accidents – what to do if there are injuries

ACCORDING to the Spanish Penal Code (Código Penal), it is every citizen’s responsibility to assist an injured person after an accident. What needs to be done? The first sixty minutes after an accident are crucial for injured parties. Between 30%-50% of deaths occur in the first five minutes, and 75% within the first hour. In […]

Driving-licence codes

YOU may have noticed that on the reverse of your licence there are codes against certain categories. We are sure that most people don’t take any notice, and/or don’t know what they signify, but you can avoid getting a fine if you are aware of restrictions that you may have on your licence. The front […]

ITV exhaust emissions

WHEN it’s time for your car’s ITV, the most usual items to check would be wheels, tyres, brakes and bodywork damage, some of which we have already covered. We often forget about our cars’ contaminating emissions. This is one of the fundamental aspects to passing an ITV, because it is the most-common cause of failure. […]

Wash, repair or spray cars?

THE law about washing, repairing or spraying your car on a public road is clear, and the answer is a firm No! Article 4.2 of the Reglamento General de Circulación states that it is prohibited to throw, deposit or abandon on the road, objects or materials that can cause an issue with traffic, such as […]

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