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AP-7 Motorway tolls removed unless you live in the Vega Baja

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Don’t get too excited if you live in the Vega Baja because, although the AP-7 between Tarragona and Alicante became toll free at midnight...

Say NO to Alcohol or Drugs

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Last week, the Guardia Civil, assisted by the local, regional and National Police, were carrying out an extensive surveillance campaign looking for drivers who had consumed alcohol or drugs before driving, and as the season continues, so do the campaigns. Spain does have a prescribed limit, which is less than other countries, including the UK …

Prepare for Winter Driving

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With many people about to set off on a road trip taking them back to their homeland for the festive season, it is important to remember that during a long journey the weather conditions can change dramatically, and although it may be sunny and pleasant when you set off, all too quickly the scene can …

New Guidelines for Scooters and Mobility Vehicles

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Prior to the final approval of the law which will ensure safer movements of personal mobility vehicles (Vehículos de Movilidad Personal or VMP), the director general of traffic has issued new guidelines for how these new modes of transport should be incorporated into daily life. The objective is to establish clarifying criteria for users, city …

New Guidelines for Scooters and Mobility Vehicles

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Prior to the final approval of the law which will ensure safer movements of personal mobility vehicles (Vehículos de Movilidad Personal or VMP), the director general of traffic has issued new guidelines for how these new modes of transport should be incorporated into daily life. The objective is to establish clarifying criteria for users, city …

Europe Approves Driver Assistance

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The members of the European Union have supported the implementation of two new safety measure that will become mandatory in all new models that leave the factory, starting in 2022. The first system can detect if a driver is paying attention or fatigued, the second will immobilise the vehicle in the event of the driver …

Europe Approves Driver Assistance

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The members of the European Union have supported the implementation of two new safety measure that will become mandatory in all new models that leave the factory, starting in 2022. The first system can detect if a driver is paying attention or fatigued, the second will immobilise the vehicle in the event of the driver …

Cyclist Training Proposal by the DGT

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The modern road network is increasingly being shared by different forms of transport. Although the road has never been the priority domain of the motorcar, as automobiles get bigger and faster, the risk to the more vulnerable is greater, but on these shared spaces it is crucial to exercise an equal amount of respect and …

Driving in Wind

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Wind is quite literally a force of nature that can provide welcome cooling on a hot summer´s day, generate electricity, and provide power to boats, amongst many other benefits, but it can also play havoc when driving. According to the DGT, there are three main situations we should be aware of when it comes to …

Driving in Wind

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Wind is quite literally a force of nature that can provide welcome cooling on a hot summer´s day, generate electricity, and provide power to boats, amongst many other benefits, but it can also play havoc when driving. According to the DGT, there are three main situations we should be aware of when it comes to …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

Brexit Advice Latest

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Although it seems like a resolution comes near then goes away again, Europe is still preparing for Brexit, and as such the DVLA is issuing constant advice as to how British driving licence holders need to prepare for the change. If you are a resident in Spain then you should have changed your licence to …

Brexit Advice Latest

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Although it seems like a resolution comes near then goes away again, Europe is still preparing for Brexit, and as such the DVLA is issuing constant advice as to how British driving licence holders need to prepare for the change. If you are a resident in Spain then you should have changed your licence to …

A Puzzled Driver

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The DGT has published a video recorded by one of the Pegasus equipped helicopters, which shows a driver concentrating less on the road, and more on the puzzling dilemma in his hands. In the footage we see that the driver has taken both hands off the steering wheel in order to manipulate a Rubik’s Cube. …

A Puzzled Driver

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The DGT has published a video recorded by one of the Pegasus equipped helicopters, which shows a driver concentrating less on the road, and more on the puzzling dilemma in his hands. In the footage we see that the driver has taken both hands off the steering wheel in order to manipulate a Rubik’s Cube. …

The Mathematics of the Stopping Distance

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Maintaining a safe distance is one of the fundamental factors of road safety, however it is not always easy to calculate how much space we need to leave between us and the vehicle in front, although there is a simple solution to a mathematical problem. We will start with the science bit. There are the …

The Mathematics of the Stopping Distance

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Maintaining a safe distance is one of the fundamental factors of road safety, however it is not always easy to calculate how much space we need to leave between us and the vehicle in front, although there is a simple solution to a mathematical problem. We will start with the science bit. There are the …

Children on Motorbikes

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If you ride a motorbike, so long as you are old enough, have a full licence and the vehicle is correctly fitted with the appropriate equipment, you are permitted to carry a passenger. You are also permitted to carry children as passengers, but there are some restrictions to ensure their safety. Firstly, you, the rider, …

Children on Motorbikes

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If you ride a motorbike, so long as you are old enough, have a full licence and the vehicle is correctly fitted with the appropriate equipment, you are permitted to carry a passenger. You are also permitted to carry children as passengers, but there are some restrictions to ensure their safety. Firstly, you, the rider, …

Children on Motorbikes

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If you ride a motorbike, so long as you are old enough, have a full licence and the vehicle is correctly fitted with the appropriate equipment, you are permitted to carry a passenger. You are also permitted to carry children as passengers, but there are some restrictions to ensure their safety. Firstly, you, the rider, …

The Cost of Tolls

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Although many drivers do pay the fee for travelling on the toll road network in Spain, there are many, many more that choose not to. Some areas have already seen the liberation of these roads, with other promised in the near future, but what is the real impact of allowing us all to save a …

The Cost of Tolls

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Although many drivers do pay the fee for travelling on the toll road network in Spain, there are many, many more that choose not to. Some areas have already seen the liberation of these roads, with other promised in the near future, but what is the real impact of allowing us all to save a …

Ready for the School Run?

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It´s just about time to go back to school, which means that there will be an increase in cars on the roads at certain times of day, the infamous “school run”, and more vulnerable road users out and about. If you are taking children in the car, there are a few things you must remember, …

Keeping Children Secure

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According to data from across Europe, two out of every three children in cars are not secured properly, although not only those not wearing any seat belt or restraining system, many of them have been strapped in incorrectly or inadequately. If a child is properly restrained in a vehicle, the statistics speak for themselves, as …

Social Media Dangers!

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Most people know that using a mobile phone when driving is wrong, even though we will all witness it on a regular basis. It is illegal, because it is potentially deadly. However, the days of using a mobile just to make a call are long gone, as the development of the smart phone has led …

Are you prepared for winter?

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It will be here sooner than you might hope, and it is important to make sure our cars are prepared. We will look at specific things to check as the days start to cool down and the weather changes, but for now we will look at some of the basic checks we can do in …

How to Legalise an Electric Scooter

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We have explained at some length the difference between electric vehicles and which require registration and a driving licence. However, one question that is still arising is how one goes about registering a scooter that requires documentation. The first thing to remember is that the legislation in Spain has been brought about through the need …

Worrying Number of Drivers Admit to Drink Driving

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In an independent survey conducted by the RACE automobile association of Spain, as part of the European Fatigue Eurobarometer 2019, drivers revealed a worrying picture of the reality of drink driving, with the information revealing that, amongst other statistics, 14% of drivers on the roads of Spain claim to drive regularly under the influence of …