1. What is the speed limit in Playa del Inglés?
The general speed limit in urban areas, like Playa del Inglés, is 50 km/h. However, it can vary depending on the specific road, so always pay attention to road signs.
2. Do I need a special driver's license?
No, generally your regular license should suffice. However, if your license is not in Latin script, you are required to carry an International Driving Permit alongside your original driver's license.
3. Are there many radar speed traps?
Radar speed traps are quite common, especially on highways. Be sure to stick to speed limits to avoid any fines.
4. Are there many toll roads around Playa del Inglés?
While there are toll roads in Spain, the island of Gran Canaria, where Playa del Inglés is, does not have any.
5. Are traffic rules different in Playa del Inglés than in other countries?
While most traffic rules are standard, it's important to be familiar with local regulations such as priority for buses and risk of fines for driving in bus lanes.
6. Which side of the road should I drive on?
In Spain, cars drive on the right side of the road.
7. Are there specific road safety rules I should be aware of?
It's legally required for all car occupants to wear seat belts. Also, using your phone whilst driving is prohibited unless you have a hands-free device.
8. How heavy is the traffic in Playa del Inglés?
Playa del Inglés is a popular destination, so during peak season and rush hours there might be heavier traffic. However, it generally moves smoothly.
9. Are there specific zones where driving is not allowed?
In general, you can drive everywhere. However, some areas in the city centre may be pedestrian-only. Always pay attention to traffic signs.
10. How common are roundabouts in Playa del Inglés?
Roundabouts are common in Spain including Playa del Inglés. The cars inside the roundabout have priority, but beware of the local habit of indicating left while circling the roundabout.
11. Are there any local driving customs I should know?
Spanish drivers tend to use their horn frequently. It is usually a way to indicate a maneuver rather than to express displeasure.
12. Is parking easily available?
There are ample parking spaces in Playa del Inglés. Paid parking is common in the city centre, while residential areas usually offer free parking.
13. Can I drive if I don't speak Spanish?
Yes, traffic signs and indications are international. However, understanding basic Spanish phrases can be helpful in case you encounter roadside assistance or police checks.
14. Should I expect police checks?
Random police checks are quite common, especially during the holidays. Always carry your driving license, ID, and car rental paperwork with you.
15. Are children allowed in the front?
Children aged 12 and under or shorter than 135 cm are prohibited from sitting in the front seat.