Safety and Security – Road travel
The minimum age to drive is 18. You drive on the right-hand side of the road in Andorra (opposite to the UK). It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Andorra to carry two red warning triangles which are to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. In addition, drivers must have a spare pair of glasses (if needed for driving), a spare wheel, and a full set of spare light bulbs plus the tools to change them. If you have to leave your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown, or whilst awaiting the arrival of the emergency services, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.
Also, always carry a certificate of insurance with you in case you are stopped. If you have hired a car and bought insurance, you should be given documentation. If you are using your UK insurance, carry your insurance certificate with you at all times. Keep in mind that this is generally only valid for a stay shorter than three months. If you are staying longer, contact your insurer.
Andorra has stricter drink driving laws than many other countries including the UK and the authorities impose strict penalties, such as heavy fines, loss of license or imprisonment for driving under the influence of alcohol. Our advice is simply not to drink and drive.
Seat belts are required for front seat passengers. No children under the age of ten should be in the front sea and small children must be in an approved child safety seat. Your hire car agency can provide a seat for you just let them know you need one when you reserve the car.
Talking on mobile phones when driving is forbidden but you are allowed to use a completely hands-free unit.
If you are not used to driving in areas where ice and snow covers the road during a major portion of the winter, then you should exercise extreme caution while driving in Andorra in the colder part of the year. Snow tires or chains are essential in the winter.
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