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Driving tips for Menorca | Valls Rent a Car

Respect the following instructions and you will arrive safely:


  1. Check your license and documents.

    Make sure you have the right documents to drive in Spain, a valid passport is required (allotted within the six-month travel period)

  2. Read the small print and sign off on the dents and scratches of your vehicle.

    At the rental counter of Valls rent a car, they will give you a piece of paper that includes a small illustration of the car; carefully marking the dents and scratches on the diagram of the car. This may sound excessive, but being thorough could save you a lot of money (in case you have an excess)

  3. Roundabout advice.

    Depending on where you’re from, you may or may not be familiar with roundabouts in Spain, these circular intersections have replaced many crossroads and four-way stops in Mallorca and Menorca. Some roundabouts consist of four lanes and can be daunting to merge into and out of. Slow down when entering, but you’ll only need to come to a full stop if you’re waiting for traffic to pass by. Otherwise, gracefully enter and wind around to your desired exit.

  4. Hide all the valuables from in sight.

    Always lock all doors and do not leave your suitcases, purse, cameras bags or anything else of value at sight. Put everything that could be tempting out of sight and if it’s really valuable, just take it with you. This is especially important in small lonely beaches and dark streets and smaller towns.

  5. Important Rules to Follow

    Seatbelts must be worn, the use of cell phones while driving is prohibited, to have earpiece attachments is not allowed, the use of screen-based navigation systems is prohibited.

  6. How children should travel?

    There are certain considerations to bear in mind when travelling with children in a passenger car: It is prohibited to carry children in your arms. No child with a height of less than 136 centimetres may occupy the front seat, unless a device approved for the purpose is used and there is no possibility of the child occupying a back seat. Children under 3 years must use an approved restraint system suitable for their height and weight and must always be placed in the back seat. Any person over three years of age with a height of less than one and a half metres must use a restraint system adapted to their size and weight.

  7. Choose your parking spot It is not easy to park in Menorca or Mallorca.

    Parking spaces are scarce and small and when you find one, you must determine if you have a blue or yellow line and if it is a public parking space or if it is only open to people who live in the neighbourhood. In some small villages you will be able to park just about anywhere and won’t have to pay. This is especially true in the countryside and in tourist areas. When in doubt, check with a local and be sure you’re not parking in front of someone’s gate or doorway. If you are not sure about what the rules are or where you can park your car rental, the best bet is to put your ride in a garage.

  8. Be careful on the road

    DRIVE ON THE RIGHT This sounds ridiculously obvious, but for those of us conditioned to driving on the left it causes more incidents than anything else… Generally speaking, driving in Menorca or Mallorca is not much different than in the rest of Europe, the laws and road signs are similar If you feel stressed or overwhelmed at any point on the road in the Balearic island, just slow down; the guy behind you may not like it.
    SPEED LIMITS. The current speed limit in towns is 50km/h; open roads 90 km/h to 100 km/h and motorways 120 km/h although these are variable and can change at any time, so keep an eye on the signposts

  9. If you drink, don’t drive!

    Don’t even consider it unless you are in the process of writing an account of incarceration in a Spanish prison, the blood alcohol the maximal level is 0.5 per mg, which equates to one or two small beer, dropping to 0.1 mg for new drivers.

  10. Don’t forget to refuel it (with the right fuel!)

    Petrol stations are self-service in Mallorca and Menorca. You pay inside or at the pump with either a credit card or cash. It’s straightforward and very similar to what you’re used back home. Just make sure to fill up with right kind of fuel. And make sure you know if it requires Diesel or Unleaded petrol.

  11. POLICE

    In Spain There are three types of police: 
    Municipal Police. Blue uniform, responsible to the local mayor.
    Policia National. Black uniform, duties include protecting important people and buildings, also responsible for investigating more serious crimes.
    Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), Green uniform, if you’re caught speeding on a motorway and countryside and national security the Spanish Police to be approachable and friendly, only too keen to help tourists whenever possible

    How can you pay a fine?
    Traffic violations sanctioned in the Road Safety Act must always be paid. The competent national sanctioning body is the Department of Transportation, through its authority officers. If the fine is paid within 20 calendar days, there is a 50% reduction on the amount of the fine. If the fine was issued by a local authority on an urban road, it is advisable to refer directly to the traffic department in the City Council.