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 […]

What should I carry in the car?

AS we are approaching Christmas, you will no doubt have noticed more police on the roads. For this reason, we feel it would be a good idea to remind readers of what they should carry in their vehicle to avoid fines (multas), if they are unfortunate enough to be stopped. We have  covered this subject […]

Parking lines and road markings in Spain

ALTHOUGH Spain is in Europe, sometimes you may feel that their road signs, signals and road markings are not. We are going to simplify them. The main reason for road markings is usually to denote the separation of the sides of a road, or changes in the type of road. They also provide drivers with […]

The different zebra crossings in Spain

MANY people get confused by the different colours of road markings, which appear to be for pedestrian use, as crossings. There are, basically, three colours: the normal black and white, known, almost internationally, as zebra crossings, as well as red and white, and blue and white. What do they actually mean? There are two ways […]

After-market extras

SOMETIMES, we think we’ve found the car of our dreams, but something’s missing. It could be reversing bleepers, a camera for assisting when parking, a better radio that has Bluetooth … the list is endless. Often, we are put off adding these aids because we think it’s either not possible on our car, or would […]

Seat belts: must I wear one?

IN recent weeks, there have been a number of fatalities on the roads, in the North and, also, here in the South of Tenerife. While we are not suggesting that the use of seatbelts, or their lack of use, was to blame, it seems pertinent to refresh the memories of drivers and passengers on this […]

Choose your car carefully

WHEN you are considering buying a car, be it new, second hand or merely an upgrade to your current model, there are many things to consider. Firstly, you should decide on your budget and have contingency arrangments in place, in case the car you fall in love with is a little more expensive than you […]

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