Driving in Spain – safety advice

Driving safely and avoiding
roadside scams in Spain
Do think ahead before your journey through Spain.
Foreign vehicles and hire cars can be an easy target on the
motorway between the French border and the Alicante region.
Don’t fall victim to common problems and scams.
Before you leave On the road
Take regular breaks – the Spanish authorities
recommend you take a break every two hours or after
every 200 kilometres.
Be vigilant – the AP7 motorway between the French
border (La Jonquera) and Alicante is a black spot
for robberies. British nationals have been tricked by
distraction techniques such as loud bangs or people
supposedly signalling a ‘problem’ with a vehicle with the
intention of forcing you to stop on the motorway.
Never leave any
valuables on display –
most insurance policies
won’t cover stolen
belongings from cars if they
have been left on display.
Be extra careful in car hire collection points, service
stations, and rest areas. British nationals have
been victims of scams where their car tyres have
been punctured; they have then been followed and
subsequently robbed when they are forced to stop
because of a flat tyre.
If you have broken down or stopped because of
a problem with the car, call your breakdown service.
If you or other passengers leave the car, you must
wear a reflective jacket. You must also display
red warning triangles in front of and behind your
Be wary of other drivers
stopping to help you or people
presenting themselves as police
officers. It is rare that police will
arrive without being called, and
traffic police are always in uniform.
If you’re not sure if someone is a
police officer, call 112 to confirm
their identity!.
If you stop:
In Spain it is illegal to use any electronic device
that may interfere with speed cameras! Be on your guard – someone who stops
to help you or to ask for your help
might be part of the scam!
Familiarise yourself with Spanish speed limits and
Make sure you have copies of your motor insurance
Take out travel insurance and breakdown and recovery
cover for your time in Spain and have the details to hand.
Important contact details
Print this leaflet and record your key information and contact details below in case
anything goes wrong:
Breakdown recovery emergency telephone number for Spain:
Insurance policy number and 24 hour emergency telephone number:
Emergency services: 112
Consular Network Spain: +34 902 109 356 or +34 913 342 194

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About Mary Galbraith

I have worked with campervan and motorhome companies for nearly 20 years hiring out vehicles on their behalf and run two sites www.campervans.com and www.budgetcampervans.com.

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