Driving In Spain!

Old Aug 7th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Driving In Spain!

Is driving in spain easy and safe. I'm American so of course we're used to driving on the other side. Also, is it ok to Drive on an American Driver's License? Do people recommend taking bus/train over driving? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Aug 7th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Old Aug 7th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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"I'm American so of course we're used to driving on the other side"
What side?
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Old Aug 7th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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"I'm American so of course we're used to driving on the other side""
you may have to learn a bit more about Spain before you go there...
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Old Aug 7th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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Fh -They drive on the same side as we yanks do-driving is no problem . however the major cities can be an adventure (congestion,parking, and some challenging circles),otherwise there should be no difficulty.i always try to follow the advice that i give my students-"the difference between a crisis and an adventure is how we react to it" enjoy spain,i always have
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I thought the ones who drive "on the other side" were the British
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Spanish roads seem to be like permanent rush hour. Driving is often fast and crowded. There are a number of toll roads in Spain (not excessively priced but a little too frequent in places.) You will need a bail bond to drive in Spain, which the car company provides. A good map comes in handy (the car company only provides a poor one). CDW is advisable.
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I wouldn't drive in the larger cities, but driving in the countryside was a joy for us. The roads were excellent, and there wasn't much traffic. Perhaps that depends on where you drive.

As has been said, there were a couple of toll roads.

I don't recall where we picked up our car, but it might have been Sevilla. We drove to Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Caceres, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, and Cuenca. We drove into and out of those cities but we didn't drive around in them, of course.

We loved the variety in geology and agriculture on the highways. We enjoyed our drives through the countryside almost as much as our visits to the cities.

If you're not used to driving a standard transmission, remember that automatics are markedly more expensive than standard transmissions. Spain would not be a good place to teach yourself to drive a shift car.

I loved Spain!
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