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If you're a first-time visitor to the Balearic Islands and planning to rent a car in Menorca, it's important to familiarise yourself with Spain's driving rules. Despite being an autonomous community of Spain, Menorca, as well as the other islands in the Balearics - Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera - must follow Spanish rules and regulations.

Many tourists think of car hire from Menorca airport when they visit the Island. Since Menorca is not densely populated, car rental makes more sense. By renting a car, you can cover the remotest areas and villages and visit all the hidden gems you might otherwise miss.

In this blog, we have shared a few useful tips on safe driving in Menorca for new visitors and beginners.

Tip for Driving through Car Rental in Menorca

Driving in Spain is a beautiful and relaxed experience, but the rules vary from other countries and provinces. Being familiar with Spanish road signs, markings, and standard driving rules is essential. For instance, slow down when you see a yield sign and let other cars go first.

Let us explain the basics of car driving in Menorca:

- Speed Limit: The speed limit varies based on urban, non-urban, and highways. The standard speed limit is 50km/h in towns and 90km/h outside the city unless         otherwise indicated. On highways, the speed limit is 120km/h. However, the limit drastically reduces to 30km/h in tunnels and 70km/h on bridges.

- Seat Belt: Wearing a seat belt is mandatory for the driver and the passengers.

- LHT vs RHT: In Menorca, as in the rest of Spain, you drive on the right-hand side of the road. This means the car’s steering wheel is on the left side of the vehicle. It is referred to as right-hand traffic (RHT). While this is common in many countries, like Japan, the USA, Mexico, Canada, etc., certain regions like India and the UK follow the left-hand traffic (LHT) norm. So, if you are used to following the LHT norm, it might take a few days to adjust to the RHT norm. Nevertheless, be cautious and stay safe on the road.

- Children in the Car: Children under 12 must be seated in the backseats and use a car seat to ensure safety. If you are travelling with children, you can request a car seat from the car hire at Mahon airport.

- Drinking and Driving: Tourists are not allowed to drink and drive in Menorca, as you cannot do in other Balearic Islands. The legal limit for blood alcohol is pretty low in Spain (about 0.05% blood alcohol concentration). Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious punishments, including for tourists, resulting in heavy fines, license suspension, and even jail.

- Usage of Blinkers: Always use your blinkers or indicators when making turns or changing lanes. It's essential to note that right turns on red lights are prohibited anywhere in Spain, so be sure to use your blinker when turning right. If you have parked at a spot longer than expected, use your blinkers to alert other nearby drivers.

- Police Checks: Although it is rare for law enforcement officials to conduct routine checks on tourists, it is advisable to follow traffic regulations and refrain from excessive speeding. If you happen to be pulled over by the police, it is recommended that you provide the documents given by the Car rental in Menorca and your driver's license.

- Driving Through the Island: Menorca is a charming little island with a low population. Unlike the energetic Ibiza or Mallorca, it appeals to travellers who are looking for a quieter, more authentic Mediterranean experience with stunning natural beauty and delicious cuisine. The two largest towns on the island are Mahon (also known as Mao) and Ciutadella, which are situated at opposite ends. Despite this distance, it only takes about 45 minutes to drive from Mahon to Ciutadella. You can conveniently rent a car at Mahon airport from Binicars.

While manual cars can be booked on the spot at Binicars, if you need to rent an automatic car in Menorca, you must book in advance. For more details on different rental cars, contact our office agents.

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