The Difference Between Autopistas and Autovías

It is not always clear to many drivers who move through the motorway network, but there are two very different types of high-speed roads in Spain. The two types of roads share a lot of characteristics, but also have subtle differences. Both are motorways, but autopistas (AP-7 for example) and autovías (A-7) have their own …

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Where to Stick the Stickers

There are not many things allowed in the windscreen, but some are compulsory, so the question does sometimes come up as to where to stick them. You are not permitted to stick anything unauthorised in the windscreen, so things like For Sale signs are forbidden. Here is a list of things which are permitted. When …

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How and Why You Should Obtain your Eco Sticker

Although obtaining and displaying the Eco Badge is voluntary, it is becoming less of a choice on account of the benefits, as cities and towns start to use the classification to reduce pollution causing congestion. Early in October, Madrid restricted access to parts of the city, preventing more polluting vehicles from entering, with only those …

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‘White Stick’ Variations – Being Aware of Impairments

We might already be aware that if we see a person holding or walking carrying a long, white stick that it indicates the person has visibility problems, but did you know there are variations and different colours. Green stick – Person with visual impairment: Poor vision. White stick – Person with visual disability: Blindness. Red …

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All Emergency Vehicles will have Blue Lights

After many years of discussion and disagreement, on 31st of July, 2018, it entered into law in Spain that all emergency vehicles will use flashing blue lights. The reform is published in Ministerial Order PCI / 810/2018, published in the BOE, modifying several Annexes to the General Vehicle Regulations -RD 2822/1998- among which is Annex …

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Avoiding the Safety Car Effect

During special operations, as was the case this weekend with the first major road traffic movement for summer, more traffic patrols can be seen on the road. However, sometimes the sight of these patrols can cause unnecessary delays, through a phenomenon known as the ‘Safety Car’ effect. Often, when drivers see a Guardia Civil or …

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