1. What is the speed limit for cars in Gijón?
The general speed limit for cars in urban areas like Gijón is 50 km/h. On out-of-town roads, the limit ranges from 90 km/h to 120 km/h, depending on the type of road and vehicle.
2. What documents do I need to drive a car in Gijón?
You will need a valid driving license, an ID card or passport, and the car rental agreement if you're driving a rental car.
3. Are there many speed radar across Gijón?
Yes, there are quite a few radars in and around Gijón to enforce the speed limits. Penalties for speeding can be severe, with heavy fines and loss of driving license points.
4. How does the toll system work in Spain?
Toll roads in Spain require a fee to be paid either at toll booths along the road or by an electronic toll system called Telepeaje. The cost varies based on the distance traveled, and the type of vehicle.
5. What are some general rules of driving in Gijón?
In Gijón and throughout Spain, you have to drive on the right side of the road. Overtaking is done on the left. It is mandatory to use indicators for any change of direction.
6. How heavy is the traffic in Gijón?
Peak hours in Gijón tend to coincide with the start and end of the workday. The downtown area is especially busy during these times, but generally, outside of these hours, the traffic is relatively light.
7. Are there particular driving rules for pedestrians in Gijón?
Drivers are obliged to give way to pedestrians who are crossing or about to cross a road. Pedestrians should be careful and cross at designated crosswalks whenever possible.
8. What are the rules for using headlights in Gijón?
Headlights must be used between sunset and sunrise, as well as during any period of poor visibility, such as in fog or heavy rain.
9. Are there restrictions on where I can park in Gijón?
Yes. You need to be mindful of parking restrictions indicated by signs. In some areas, parking is metered and payment is required.
10. Can I drive in the bus or taxi lanes in Gijón?
No, these lanes are exclusively reserved for public transportation, taxis, and certain approved vehicles.
11. Is it mandatory to have a safety triangle and vest in the car?
Yes, it's compulsory to have a reflective vest and a warning triangle in the car. In case of a breakdown or accident, you're required to put on the vest before getting out, and to place the triangle 50 meters behind the vehicle to warn other drivers.
12. Can I use my non-Spanish driver's license to drive in Gijón?
Yes, as long as it's a valid International Driving Permit or a European Union driving license. Some non-European licenses may also be accepted for short stays.
13. How can I know the exact speed limit for the road I'm on?
Speed limit signs are posted along the roads. If no specific limit is indicated, the general limits apply.
14. What should I do if I get into a car accident in Gijón?
You should call the police, contact your insurance company, and fill in an accident report form which should be available in your car.
15. What is the policy about child seats in cars?
All children under 135 cm tall must travel in the back seats of a car in a child restraint system appropriate for their size and weight. Children taller than 135 cm can use the seat belts like adults.