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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 […]

How does your insurance company value your car after a total loss?

GOD forbid this should happen to you, but if your vehicle is treated as a total loss (also know as a “write-off”), it is because the cost for the repair is higher than 75% of the actual cash value of the vehicle, or it has sustained so much damage, making it unsafe and not roadworthy. […]

The great fuel puzzle!

IF you are considering changing your car, maybe the type of fuel the new one uses should now be an important factor, when influencing a decision to reduce your carbon footprint. The most common types are still petrol and diesel, yet hybrids, such as electric and hydrogen cars, are up-and-coming in the market. Petrol is […]

Car warning lights

WE have covered this subject before, but, because of the current, financial crisis that many find themselves in, people are looking to save money, wherever possible. It seems prudent to reiterate how important the warning lights are on your car. From time to time, we all see these lights, but it is amazing how many […]

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