Driving in Spain Do not be afraid to expect the unexpected


Northern Europeans are generally responsible drivers. They know that driving is a serious enterprise and if you fail to give the necessary attention and care the vehicles and people are at risk of serious injury  Easy Quizzz. However certain Spanish drivers aren’t able to understand this. Even though all rules are put in place a lot of drivers in the area ignore these laws. Don’t think that a one-way street means that you always be aware of your surroundings and, as for indicators, they’re an idea to some, and aren’t yet embraced by all.


While within the UK laws were enacted concerning the usage of mobile phones while driving, they are yet to be incorporated into several countries of the mainland Europe which includes Spain. The Spanish are awestruck by conversations, and I was always thinking how great to engage in such long and clearly engaging conversations. However, the conversation carries throughout the car and if they’re not talking to one another while driving, they’re carrying a cellphone strapped to their head. While this is happening, they’re totally unaware of the events happening in the surrounding area. If it’s an informal conversation, they’ll drive at a reasonable pace however if it’s more serious, the car is likely to travel at a walk-in pace. It is not unusual for drivers who are acquainted and are traveling in opposite directions slow down their vehicles and begin conversations. Everyone just sits patiently in the line of traffic until the conversation has ended. My suggestion is to as the Spanish take your time until the conversation has ended.


Parking can be an issue, and it’s similar to the UK. Everybody seems to have cars and parking spaces are scarce. This is a challenge for those living in an apartment building as many car owners appear to do! A majority of apartments are staffed by residents who are overseen by the equivalent of a caretaker who is expected to look after the building and its inhabitants.


The superintendent we had in particular liked to park his car right at the entry point to the apartments. He pointed the way to anyone who tried to park within the area. On a Sunday afternoon, I was watching as the Superintendent tried to put his vehicle in the preferred location, however it was a little difficult. But, using a steel tow bar mounted on his vehicle and a reverse lever, he reversing his car into the parking space and then employed the tow bar to pull the other vehicle forward. The car in front of me was mine, and I immediately informed him that he would be paying to repair the car.


It is common to observe when you travel across Spain it is evident that the car’s bodywork of the majority of cars is damaged by numerous scratches and dents It is because the Spanish are having a difficult time parking cars in a tight space. In actual fact, it’s not unusual to observe that most cars that are parked have their handbrakes engaged. when you want to move or park your vehicle, you take your vehicle out and push the car away. The car rests against the car that is in the front or behind you and gives you more room to walk in and out of the car – awe inspiring transferble to anoth. If you go to a car park in which parking bays are clearly marked like supermarkets, the majority of vehicles do not follow the lines and are parked at a wildly different angle, but straight! This alone could create confusion at Asda or Tesco However, here it’s the standard.


A final note about scooters. The scooters in Spain there is a minimum age for riding one is 14 years old. Even though having a helmet on is mandatory however, it’s not a fashionable choice for a conscientious teenager. If you’re driving it is best to remain alert and be on the lookout for motorcyclists. While they don’t wear helmets however, they wear them while riding! If they spot the policeman, or go by an officer station, the hat will be placed on the head , only to be removed once the police officer is away!