Spain

Foreign Driver Rating: !! not too bad

Warning! As in many European countries, when you drive in Spain, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone with a hands-free headset. Speakerphone is the only legal option, as the two Spanish motorcycle cops who pulled me over in a rather balletic and perfectly-synchronized maneuver informed me.

Most of Spain has come up to EU standards on the roadways, but there is some bad urban planning to contend with on the sprawl that surrounds Spanish towns and cities. Also, there are lots of pre-car roads, many of them on steep inclines; indeed the pre-car roads in Granada must be seen to be believed.

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Driving in Spain. This is a two-way road. Photo by the author.