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Tips for Driving in Spain
Plan ahead. Don't rush your journey - give yourself time to enjoy the drive, and plan for any traffic problems. For this reason itís also recommended to take a mobile telephone, so that you can call for directions to your destination, for example. All hotels, private apartments and chalets are happy to help their customers find their establishments.

Itís important to take regular breaks. Sleepiness can cause accidents, so if you feel sleepy, stop for a break, or if you suspect the driver is feeling a little sleepy and you canít stop safely, try talking to them, and open the window, or leave the heating off. Also remember that there are various tolls on Spanish roads, so make sure you have sufficient cash or a credit card with you.

When you are coming close to any city, and until you reach your final destination, always drive with your car LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE. All the rental companies in France and Spain will tell you exactly the same. There are many scams involving unsolicited help at traffic lights, false signalling of a "flat tyre" etc. Be suspicious of any unsolicited help, and if you do think you may have a flat tyre, or something similar, wait until it's safe to stop, and make sure there's no-one around before you open your door to check. Also, donít leave anything of value on show. All bags and laptops, for example should be on the floor, or out of sight. Donít leave them on the dashboard, glove box or parcel shelf.

Buy a new map. Borrowing maps "from friends who visited the city a few years ago" can often be more of a hindrance than a help. The main gas stations are a great place to pick up a map if you havenít had time to buy one before your trip. Or download a map from the net, at least with the main roads on. Also, Satellite navigation devices are fantastic help, and can re-calculate a route for you if there are any unexpected road works or diversions. Some mobile phone devices also have applications such as Google maps or similar which can also calculate a route for you if you prefer not to go with a Satellite Navigation system.

Bear in mind that your accommodation may be in a mainly pedestrian area, or you may have to park your car a little way away. Plan ahead for this happening, or ask about parking facilities. Most major cities have resident-only parking, so on-street parking may not be an option.
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David Brydon has been living in Barcelona for 9 years and writes about Apartment for rent Barcelona and regularly contributes to this great Barcelona Guide.
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