Guide to Driving In Tenerife - Drive Safe in Tenerife

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Driving in Tenerife

Driving Laws

Seat Belt Laws

All passengers of the vehicle must wear seat belts at all times. 

Drinking and Driving

It is against the law to drink and drive in Tenerife. New drivers, (who have held a licence for two years or under) have a limit of 0.1 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. All other drivers are limited to 0.5 milligrams or 0.5 %. The best advice is to avoid drinking whilst driving completely. 

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

Speed Limits

Speed Limit Type of Road
110 - 120 km/h On motorways
40 - 60 km/h In cities and towns

Minimum Driving Age

The minimum age to drive a car in Tenerife is 18 years of age. 

Safety Camera Warning Devices

On the Spot Fines

Police are known for stopping drivers at random and on the spot fines can be given for speeding or drink driving. 

Child Safety Rules

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat of the vehicle, unless they are over 150cm tall. Children should have a suitable car restraint. 


Rules of the Road

  • Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road in Lanzarote
  • You must observe the speed limits
  • All passengers must wear seatbelts
  • If there is a forward pointing arrow on the road you have right of way
  • Stop at a zebra crossing to let people pass
  • There is often a flashing yellow light at traffic lights to indicate you can turn right. 
  • Drivers in Tenerife will sue their indicators, where drivers in the UK may use hazard lights. For example to indicate someone is coming to a stop in front of them.

Towing Regulations

Speed Cameras

Tenerife has several speed cameras installed on the side of the road, although you won’t find as many as in other parts of Europe. 

Using Mobile Phones when driving

The use of mobile phones when driving is against the law in Tenerife. Handling a GPS device when driving is also banned. 


Many of the major resorts have free on-street parking. There are also clearly signed car parks, these are usually underground and are fairly reasonable. It is forbidden to park on yellow or white lines. Blue lines indicate a restricted area, usually indicating the need to pay and display. 

Motor Way Signs

Road signs are written in Spanish. The images and colours are very similar, if not the same, as the UK and fairly easy to understand. Roads and tourist areas are well signed. 


Autopista Highway/Motorway
Calle Street
Salida Exit
Peligro Danger
Gasolina Petrol

Traffic Lights

Toll Roads

Tenerife has a toll free motorway network. 


What to do in an emergency

The emergency services can be contacted by phoning 112. You should not leave the scene of the accident until the services have arrived. 

Fuel Costs

The price of 1 litre of gas in Santa Cruz, Tenerife is €0.99. Petrol stations are located along the major roads and motorways and are easily identified. 


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