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27 April 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 54 - EOS does Top Gear (not!)

For today's webisode we have a bit of fun! We drive around the area and explain some do's and don'ts when it comes to driving in Spain, and also show you where you can park... then again maybe not!



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14 Comments

tony said:
27 April 2009 @ 17:06

I hate driving in Spain, everyone just appears to drive like mad men and I hate it when they sit on my bumper, very scary.


Roy Leon said:
27 April 2009 @ 17:39


Hi Justin, If that was the Ctra. National 340 that you were driving on, it is usually much busier, and often quite dangerous.
In some places the speed limit is 120, others 100 and much of it is a more sedate 80. Even that is sometimes too fast. Especially where there are some of the notorious short 'pull on's' ahead. A much slower speed generally would certainly reduce accidents. It worked here in Holland.
I have often been tootling along at the required speed of 80 on the N340 and been overtaken by a thundering great lorry towing an even bigger trailer.
I have heard a rumour that the authorities are to spend Muchos Dineros on new Pull on's. Can you confirm this Justin.
Thanks for the continuation of your great show.
Cheers
Leo


Terry Barnett said:
27 April 2009 @ 17:57

I am a disabled driver and the rules in Spain for blue badge holders is not clear.Could you do a show on disability rules re parking etc with the blue badge


jonny said:
27 April 2009 @ 18:47

In the Uk i class myself as a curteous driver, but Spain turns me into an uncurteous aggresive driver and I always thought the spanish didn't know how to use a roundabout by driving round it on the outside lane!!!


Maureen said:
27 April 2009 @ 20:45

Justin that was great, it's what I done last time I was in Duquesa, same stretch of road, I just went up and down it until I was confident then went down to the market on Friday and parked just along from where you parked, talk about de ja vuo. When I get home sick for Duquesa I'm just going to play this again and again.


Jan said:
27 April 2009 @ 22:46

Great show Justin.
I drive the same roads as you every day, and wonder how some drivers could have passed their driving test. Why do they always tend to keep on driving on the left side of the road???
Looking forward to more Top Gear.


Justin said:
28 April 2009 @ 00:27

Roy, yes it was the N340, now called the A7. It used to be much worse when it was a single carriageway a few years back! I don't know if they are investing in slip roads but they certainly should.

Terry, good suggestion. We'll make a note and see if we can cover it soon for you.

Happy driving everyone!


SteveandJane said:
28 April 2009 @ 08:21

I think you'll find that right of way on a roundabout is the same in the UK although you are taught the 20 o'clock rule, the outside lane still has priority.
One tip for people who panic when driving in Spain; Hire or buy yourself an automatic, it's one less thng to worry about when you don't have to fumble for the gears!


TechNoApe said:
28 April 2009 @ 10:35

Steve and Jane,

Good point! It helps a lot of drivers get over the initial fears.

I drive an auto LHD here in Spain, but I also drive another car which is Manual RHD, without any problems. I just seem to be able to switch into whatever driving mode I need to be in!

Jan,

Probably people like Justin and myself, who both drive autos with a bit of punch, and just drive the same way the Spanish do. That way there's no problem... well... not so much of a problem, as you are always in front and don't have to pull over when a car pulls out in front of you!

I never advocate speeding, however one does tend to drive faster in Spain than in the UK, as everyone else seems to be doing the same thing.



Norman Sands said:
28 April 2009 @ 11:04

More good stuff, well done both.
Techno has a steady hand with the camera.
Not too sure about both hands off the wheel when gesticulating though.
Not easy to present, teach and drive.
Presentation improving all the time.
Keep it up.
Regards
Norman


Ray said:
28 April 2009 @ 11:11

I would love to hire an auto but can't afford it each time we come over, so my partner ends up driving most of the time. I passed my test on manual shift years ago but have driven mainly american LHD auto stuff here in the u.k. I find the pedals in the hire cars too close together and it just becomes a stressful experience--for everybody in the vicinity.If you see someone on one of those short pull ons waitng to join the main road is it common practice to move over if safe to do so and give them room to get on.


Anthony said:
29 April 2009 @ 08:01

To add to Justins video,don't forget to have in your car :- 2 sets of glasses, if you wear one[no not for beer] 2 triangles,a torch,first aid kit,floruecent jacket,i have 2,set of bulbs,all your cars documents,insurance receipt from the bank is what they need and driving licence.... have i missed anything Justin?
maybe cash or your credit card, to pay any on the spot fines.
Happy motoring !!



Anthony said:
29 April 2009 @ 23:41

Just had to add this point,the canarians are not alowed to use the hand brake on their tests,they have to ride the clutch, and if you have seen that hill we have ...well, do not buy a second hand car from them, can't speak for the mainland lot ???


Gericom said:
11 May 2009 @ 15:39

Great video Justin. I agree that those short run-ins to the busy N340 are quite scary at times and I have difficulty judging how far away an approaching car is when looking in the exterior side view mirror - for some reason vehicles showing in your exterior mirrors always look further away than they do when viewed in the interior rear view mirror which seems to be more accurate. Unfortunately for entering dual lane carriageways like the N340 on a short run in, the exterior mirror is the one you need to watch closely...



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