Spanish Government Issues Advice For British Drivers. The new guidelines are aimed at reducing crashes caused by British drivers who don’t understand how roundabouts in Spain function.
Spanish Government Issues Advice For British Drivers
The Spanish Government has just unveiled a series of guidelines aimed at helping British drivers navigate roundabouts in Spain. Javier Klutch from the Marbella Department Of Road Safety Prevention says “Many British drivers come here without any idea of how our traffic systems work. The guidelines published today should help deepen any misunderstandings and further add to the confusion felt by drivers in Spain”.
This diagram has been released to the media today. It shows the correct procedure for navigating a roundabout in Spain.
Mark Gene from the Andalucian Road Safety Executive says there are several key points which drivers must understand if they are going to survive a road journey on the Costa Del Sol. “Firstly, people need to understand that lanes here are not the same as lanes in the United Kingdom. In the UK one should pick the appropriate lane and stick to it. Here, drivers enter a roundabout in any lane they like, then swerve across to another lane, and probably back to the original lane after that. It’s like a beautiful motorised version of synchronised swimming”.
Mr. Gene continues “Secondly, people should see the outside lane of a roundabout as a viable parking option during busy periods. By parking here, you are forcing other drivers to slow down. Speed kills, so parking in the outside lane of a roundabout is saving lives”.
Right Of Way
The issue of right of way at a roundabout in Spain is explained by Roberto Merhi. He says “We have a very simple system when it comes to right of way in Spain. The driver of the bigger vehicle, or sometimes the driver with the biggest balls, will always have right of way. ”
Adrian Campos is from the Committee For Putting Pedestrian Crossings Where You’d Least Expect To Find Them. He says that “pedestrian crossings have been strategically placed at the main exits of roundabouts. This is obviously the safest place for them, because drivers have not had chance to accelerate before they have to jump on the brakes because someone is meandering across the road at a snail’s pace”.
Easy When You Know How
British driver Phil Adelfia, originally from Birmingham, has been driving in Spain for 18 years. He says “I’m not from Birmingham actually, I’m from Solihull. I’ve found that the best thing to do is close your eyes and hope for the best. It’s easy when you know how. My wife even bought me a helmet for Christmas. I feel invincible now”.
Brexit Means Brexit
Damien Hill from Estepona feels strongly about these new guidelines. “It’s ridiculous. Us Brits have been driving badly here for years. How dare they start giving us ‘advice’? This is why Brexit is important, because Brexit means Brexit. No unelected Spaniards should be telling us Brits what to do on the roads in Spain”.
Written by Alan McNish, Costa Del Sol Update
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