I am in London at the business center of a hotel, people around me are obviously writing about the G20 news and events… and I am looking very interesting with all these international journalists around, writing for my EOS people… here you got today.. to drive safe in Spain.
Together with learning the rule or the trick of turning left indicators on and watching through the left rear-view mirror while circulating inside the “rotondas” ( traffic circles), as my driving teacher recommended to me, there are another few things that I want to pass it on to you.
It is obligatory to bring…
- Driver's license
- Registration certificate of the vehicle
- Vehicle data sheet
- Certificate of the last ITV ( Inspeccion tecnica de vehiculos: technical vehicle inspection)
- ITV sticker in place.
- Spare pair of glasses or contact lenses (obligatory)
- Spare set of bulbs and tools for its replacement.
- Spare wheel, under the required revision and correct inflation pressure
- Emergency triangles: in case of emergency they need to be placed in front and behind the car at a 50 meters distance.
- Reflective Vest in the interior of the car: you need to use it if you have to get out of the car between sunset and sunrise
Policy and receipt of insurance used to be obligatory too but is not strictly necessary anymore. Nevertheless, I would recommend you to still keep bringing them as it could be actually required from you if the traffic agent cannot locate it electronically.
If you are driving another person’s vehicle, it is advisable to bring an authorization by the owner.
Make a good check on validity and accuracy of papers: expiration and non accuracy of data can be fined. If you change your address, you need to communicate that to the Traffic authorities within 15 days.
You can bring just photocopies of these documents to keep the originals always safe at home but, the copies need to be officially verified and stamped. The validation of documents can be done by Notaries and Traffic agents. Bring the originals if you are driving out of Spain with a Spanish license and Spanish car as International agreemenst do not allow the use of photocopies.
Other important, advisable items are:
* Sun glasses (advisable)
* Jack and wheels key
* Medical documents showing blood type, allergies and medical conditions of the travelers, specially in long trips.
* And such other ones as a road map, a flashlight, duct tape, a cloth or a "gripper" to start the battery if necessary
Traffic penalties tomorrow, let’s digest this first.
By the way…the city of London is capturing my attention and my interest…. we made a list of nationalities of people we met yesterday…. around 15 different!
Palmar beach ( Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz) by Jacobo Portillo at Flickr.com