Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Lanzarote?
Seat Belt Laws
All occupants of the vehicle must wear a seat belt; this is required by the law.
Drinking and Driving
Being under the influence of alcohol whist driving in Lanzarote is against the law. The blood alcohol limit if 0.05%. This is lower than in the UK and the best advice is to avoid alcohol completely when driving.
Must Have Documents
The following documents are compulsory and should be carried with you at all times when driving in Lanzarote:
- A full UK driving licence
- Identification, such as a passport
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
You are also expected by law to carry the following items with you:
- Replacement tyre
- Reflective jackets
- Headlamp beam deflectors
- Warning triangle
- GB sticker or Euro plates
||Type of Road
||On dual carriageways
|40 - 50 km/h
||Built up areas
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum age to drive a car in Lanzarote is 18 years of age.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
On the Spot Fines
The Guardia Civil have a high profile on the roads throughout Lanzarote and they will often set up spot check points at roundabouts and junctions. On the spot fines may be given for breaking speed limits.
Child Safety Rules
A child under the height of 1.35cm should not travel in the front passenger seat, unless children, under this height limit, have taken all the back seats. These rules also apply to taxis; although bear in mind it will be the parents who are fined if this law is violated.
Rules of the Road
- Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road in Lanzarote
- You must observe the national speed limits
- Drivers are prohibited from wearing flip flops
- Indicator lights are often used, in the place of hazard lights, when slowing down at a hazard up ahead.
- Give way to traffic coming from the left on a roundabout
- Overtake on the left hand side
- You must actually stop at STOP signs even if the road is clear
- Headlights should be used when it rains.
It is illegal to use speed camera detection devices and if you are caught using one you will be subject to a fine of €200 and 3 penalty points. If you have a GPS device, which alerts you to speed cameras, it is advisable to deactivate this option.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
The use of mobile phones when driving is strictly prohibited.
Parking around the tourist areas of Lanzarote is plentiful and often free. If you are visiting the Island’s capital city, Arrecife or the area of Puerto de Carmen you will notice pay and display regulations in place. Areas with parking restrictions or which require payment are marked with blue lines.
Motor Way Signs
Road signs are largely the same as in the UK. Place names will be written in Spanish, with some of the larger or tourist attractions also written in English.
There are a couple of toll roads in Lanzarote. This can be paid for with cash or most major credit cards.
What to do in an emergency
Unfortunately driving accidents in Lanzarote are quite common. If you are involved in one you are advised to move away from the road, where possible and wait for the emergency services to arrive.
There are several petrol stations located along the coast-line of Lanzarote; convenient for tourists. Some of the stations require you to pay before filling up and just ensure that credit cards are an acceptable form of payment.