Spain Car Rentals.....Should you rent a car in Spain?
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Spain car rentals...You can travel around Spain by train, but if you really want to explore the countryside and the little villages you will need to rent a car. I do not suggest that you rent a car if you are staying in the larger cities, such as: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia etc. as you will find the hassle of having a car much more than you want to deal with, for one parking is expensive and hard to come by. Major cities have fantastic public transportation that in the end will be cheaper, faster and give you less headaches.
Spain car rentals....If you are planning on renting a car in Spain plan your trip accordingly beginning and ending your journey in one of the larger cities, in such a way that when you arrive you can spend a couple of days in the city and then rent a car for your road trip out to the countryside, then drop off the car in the city you plan to visit before you leave Spain.
Spain car rentals...An IDP or International Driving Permit is a multiple-language document that verifies that you have a valid driver’s license. While many countries may not officially recognize your driver’s license, they will accept your valid U.S. license if you also carry an IDP.
According the United States state department US citizens driving in Spain are required to have an IDP as you are not allowed to drive on your American license. They further state that while many rental cars may rent you a vehicle without the IDP this is illegal and if pulled over for a traffic violation you may be detained and your rental car towed to the nearest impound lot. Remember, the IDP is not valid by itself and must be carried with along with your driver’s license. Honestly I personally have never had an issue renting a car in Spain without an IDP but if you feel safer having one it will cost you about $15.00 and you can get it in the US before your trip.
The roads are classified as follows: note speed limits are strictly enforced…
Autopista – motorway it is designated by either an A or an E prefix before the road number. Many but not all are toll roads and the max speed limit is 120kph (75 mph)
Autovia - this is similar to the Autopista but it is not a toll road, speed limit is also 120kph (75 mph)
Carretera Nacional – national road has the pre fix N or CN before the road number, speed limits vary from 60(37mph) to 100kph (62mph).
Carretera Comarcal – has the prefix C before the road number and it is more like a country road speed limit is between 80(50mph) -100kph(62mph)
Carretera Local – local highways speed most of the time are not marked but should not exceed 100kph(62mph) keep in mind that it varies according to the area so make sure you pay attention.
Carretera de Ciudad – city roads speed limit 50kph(31mph).
KEEP IN MIND when you rent a car in Spain Speed limits are strictly enforced. While many parts of Spain do not have speed cameras, there are frequent road checks by the Guardia Civil & on-the-spot fines are imposed; a minimum fine is about 90€
Spain Car Rentals
Spain car rentals.....Please make sure that you follow the rules unless you want to risk getting a ticket...