Driving in Spain – Mistake #4: Not Stopping or Giving Way

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This is the fourth article of a series of seven articles, which are based on my book “Driving in Spain: How to Avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most Foreigners Make”.

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I don’t know what the word “Stop” means in your country, but in Spain it means “stop the car completely”.

A “Stop” traffic sign does not mean slow down, check and keep going.

No.

It means “STOP the car”. Push the brake until there is no motion at all. Watch for other cars in the street or avenue you are about to enter and continue only if the road you wish to join is clear

Here is the signal in case of doubt:

 

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In Spain, many Stop signs are in places where there is no visibility. So you can imagine how dangerous not stopping at this traffic sign is.

No matter whether you are in spots with good or bad visibility, a “Stop” traffic sign means “STOP”.

Give Way means you have NO priority at the avenue, street or roundabout you are going to access.

Give Way means that you may have to completely stop your car, if necessary, in order avoid accidents.

Here is the Give Way signal:

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And another version with text in Spanish:

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Failing to stop or give way is a €200 fine. In addition, 4 points will be taken off if there was a potential risk involved; this is just for Spanish driving licences.

How to avoid this mistake

Be aware of how dangerous and lethal not stopping at Stop signs can be.

Remember: “stop the vehicle completely, check, and keep going only if all is clear”.

Same for the Give Way sign.

David

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