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Staying Safe and Avoiding Fines: Required Equipment for Driving in Spain

When driving in Spain, there are some required equipment items that you must always carry with you to ensure you are being legal on the road and avoid unnecessary fines. This is to ensure that you are prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown.  

Here is a rundown of the equipment you will need:

  • Reflective vest – If you break down or are involved in an accident on a major road or highway in Spain, it is not necessary but suggested to wear a hi-vis jacket which is EN20471 compliant, when outside the vehicle for your personal safety.
  • Warning triangle – A warning triangle is compulsory in Spain. Residents in Spain must carry 2 warning triangles. In case of a breakdown or accident, you must place it at a sufficient distance from your vehicle to warn other drivers of the hazard.
  • UK sticker – If your vehicle doesn’t bear EU number plates, you’ll need a UK sticker to indicate it’s registered in the UK. If your car has a UK number plate, a UK sticker isn’t necessary.
  • Headlamp convertors – If you are driving a UK-registered vehicle in France, you will need to adjust your headlights for driving on the right-hand side of the road. This can be done using headlamp beam deflectors, which should be affixed to your headlights before driving in Spain. Alternatively, you have to adjust the beam manually.
  • Snow chains – In certain circumstances, particularly on mountain passes, the use of snow chains or winter tyres may become compulsory.
  • First aid kit – A first aid kit is not mandatory in Spain, but it is recommended. It is always sensible to carry a basic first aid kit in case of an emergency.
  • Fire extinguisher – A fire extinguisher is not mandatory in Spain, but it is recommended. It can be useful in case of a small fire in your vehicle.

Additionally, you should always check the requirements before you travel, as they can change. By carrying the required equipment, you will be prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown, and you will avoid any potential fines or repercussions.

Want to ensure you are always compliant? Visit Green Flag’s store to buy your travel kit now to stay safe and legal in Spain.

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