1. What are the speed limits in Madrid and the rest of the country?
The general speed limits in Madrid are 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on ordinary roads, 100 km/h on roads reserved for motor vehicles and 120 km/h on motorways. In the rest of the country, similar speed limits apply, though you should always check for signs indicating the speed limit on any road.
2. What type of driving license is required to drive in Madrid?
You will need a valid driving license that is accepted in the European Union. If your license is not EU-standard, you should get an International Driving Permit.
3. Are there many speed cameras in Madrid?
Yes, there are both fixed and mobile speed cameras in Madrid. They are especially common on highways and major roads.
4. Is it mandatory to pay for tolls in Madrid?
Not all highways in Madrid have tolls. However, some do, so it's important to check your route beforehand. You can pay these tolls by cash, card or via an electronic device if your car has one.
5. What are some general driving rules in Madrid?
Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and they are required to use indicators for all turns and lane changes. It is also mandatory to carry certain safety equipment in your car, such as a reflective vest and warning triangles.
6. What is the usual traffic situation in Madrid?
Like any big city, traffic can be heavy in Madrid during peak hours (7-9 am and 6-8 pm). It's also common to encounter traffic in city centres and on certain highways during holidays and weekends.
7. On which side of the road do they drive in Madrid?
In Madrid, as in the rest of Spain, you drive on the right side of the road.
8. Are there specific safety measures while driving in Madrid?
Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers. Children under 135 cm must travel in child safety seats.
9. Are there carpool lanes in Madrid?
Yes, in Madrid there are high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV lanes). These are designed for use by vehicles with more than one occupant.
10. Can foreigners drive in Madrid?
Yes, foreigners are allowed to drive in Madrid as long as they have a valid driver license.
11. How are the parking rules in Madrid?
There are both paid and free parking areas in Madrid. You need to pay attention to the signs in each area that indicate the rules regarding parking.
12. What should I do if I get in a car accident?
If you get into a car accident, you should immediately call the local emergency number - 112. It is important to provide all necessary documentation and claim to the insurance company afterward.
13. Are there any restrictions on car horns?
Yes, in Madrid, it is not allowed to use a car horn between 2200hrs and 0600hrs except in situations of immediate danger.
14. Can pedestrians cross the street anywhere in Madrid?
No, pedestrians are expected to cross at zebra crossings in Madrid. Drivers are expected to stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings.
15. Is it permissible to use a mobile phone while driving in Madrid?
No, it is not permissible to use a mobile phone while driving, unless you are using a hands-free device or speaking to emergency services.