Motorhome trips in Spain grew by 200% in summer. We give you some tips to drive safely and avoid fines.
Hugo Oliveira, CEO of Indie Campers, a rental platform for motorhomes and camper vans In Spain and Europe, he comments that the fact of the increase in trips in caravans and motorhomes "responds to the fact that traveling by motorhome allows its users to maintain the health recommendations of social distance, reducing the risk of contagion".
From the company they point out that, in the ‘summer of the caravan’, there have been many drivers who got behind the wheel of this type of vehicle for the first time. In fact, according to company data, 70% of Spaniards who booked through Indie Campers in July and August made their first trip in a caravan. For this reason, the company assures that “very likely, this autumn caravans will continue to be the preferred means of transport to enjoy getaways and family trips. An alternative that will also promote national and inland tourism ”.
For this reason, and with the aim that drivers who are in front of a caravan for the first time take extreme precautions on the road to reduce risks, improve road safety and avoid fines, we collect some tips to keep in mind when to face a journey.
1.- How fast should I drive?
Exceeding the permitted speed limit is not only one of the most common sanctions but also poses a risk to our safety and that of the rest of the vehicles.
The caravans or trailers that can be driven with the B license cannot exceed:
- 90 km / h on highways and highways.
- 80 km / h on secondary roads with more than one lane in each direction or with a shoulder width of at least 1.5 meters.
- 70 km / h on the rest of secondary roads.
- 50 km / h in urban areas.
The motorhomes of up to 3,500 kilos (classified as type M1 vehicle since January 2019), their speed is limited to:
- 120 km / h on motorways and highways, and you cannot circulate below 60 km / h (90 km if they exceed 3,500 kg)
- 90 km / h on conventional roads with a shoulder width of at least 1.5 meters or more than one lane in each direction.
- 80 km / h on the rest of secondary roads.
- 50 km / h on urban roads.
2.- How to avoid parking fines?
We must be careful when deciding where to park the motorhome since if we park the vehicle in a place where the view of any commercial activity, monument or landscape is obstructed or where the circulation of other users is hindered, they may fine us. It is also important to know that if we have parked correctly we can eat or sleep inside the caravan, as long as there is no express notice to the contrary, but We cannot take out chairs or tables, extend awnings or similar items, spill any liquid or make annoying noises.
3.-What is the difference between camping and overnight? Taking into account the above, we already know that we can spend the night in the caravan If there is no express prohibition notice and we do not take any element out of the vehicle, then in case of unfolding or taking out exterior elements such as tables, chairs or awnings, it is considered that we are camping. So that, If we camp outside the authorized places, they may penalize us since the camping can only be carried out in the spaces enabled for it. They can also fine us if we spill liquids or litter in unauthorized places.
4.-Can I camp on the coast? If our destination is a beach area we must bear in mind that the Coastal Law prohibits parking both on beaches and in their areas of influence therefore, caravans can only be parked in authorized areas near the beaches.
5.-Can I camp in protected areas? Nor can we park in protected areas nor, of course, throw garbage or other waste in non-authorized places or damage the environment. If we do, we can be penalized with high fines, so it is better to find out before the authorized places for campers and where the waste that we generate can be left.