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Old Dec 26th 2009, 5:54 pm
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Hi all,

I have recently moved to the Costa del Sol from the UK and am finding it difficult getting used to driving over here. I am trying to find a driving instructor/driving school. I have found <one> which looks good, but does anyone know of any others?

Many thanks,

Pat

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Hi Pat, I moved your post to the Spain forum where you will get more answers. I've also removed the link you included; we ask newcomers not to post links for a bit to avoid advertising. I'm sure some good suggestions will come out in the replies to your thread regardless!
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Originally Posted by Marbella_newbie
Hi all,

I have recently moved to the Costa del Sol from the UK and am finding it difficult getting used to driving over here. I am trying to find a driving instructor/driving school. I have found <one> which looks good, but does anyone know of any others?

Many thanks,

Pat
What problems are you having ?
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When you do start the lessons, some of us will be interested on what you're taught regarding roundabouts.
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There is a thread on a Dutch forum discussing the use of front and rear fog lamps in Spain. It seems there are no rules. It is down to the driver as to when they use them. Now that explains a lot.
So what is the OPs problems re driving.
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Originally Posted by Casa Santo Estevo
There is a thread on a Dutch forum discussing the use of front and rear fog lamps in Spain. It seems there are no rules. It is down to the driver as to when they use them.
Rubbish. There are rules.


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This document you gave a link to validates what I said. The Dutch discussion also looked at this part of the DGT website.

It is down to the driver there is no limits on visibility.
La luz antiniebla delantera es la luz utilizada para mejorar el alumbrado de la carretera en caso de niebla, nevada, tormenta o nube de polvo
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That covers most weather conditions other than sunlight. Note no rule about the use during day or night.

Further on it says (about rear lamps)
Finalidad
Hacer más visible el vehículo por detrás en condiciones meteorológicas o ambientales especialmente desfavorables que reduzcan ostensiblemente la visibilidad.[/SIZE][/FONT]
Translated it means that a driver can use rear fog lamps whenever the conditions is either unfavourable weather or markedly reduce visibility. Again there is no crystal-clear term to what constitutes these conditions or if they can be used day or night.
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Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
When you do start the lessons, some of us will be interested on what you're taught regarding roundabouts.
What about those funny flashing amber lights fitted to the corners of vehicles?
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Originally Posted by Casa Santo Estevo
Translated it means that a driver can use rear fog lamps whenever the conditions is either unfavourable weather or markedly reduce visibility. Again there is no crystal-clear term to what constitutes these conditions or if they can be used day or night.
There is no can in the letter of the law, the rear light is either prohibited or obligatory.

The interpretation of what constitutes sufficiently poor visibility is where the doubt comes in. eg the book I was given states that in rain, the rear light can NOT be used in moderate or intense rain but is obligatory in very intense rain. I am still unclear as to how a driver is suppose to decide whether the rain is intense or very intense.

The UK rule
appears to say that use of fog lights is optional though does give a visibility at which they may be used. I never learned to drive there though so don't know what they actually teach.

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Originally Posted by Fredbargate
What about those funny flashing amber lights fitted to the corners of vehicles?
You use them when you either double park or when you stop to talk on the phone. But it is then obligatory to use all four of them.

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There is no can in the letter of the law, the rear light is either prohibited or obligatory.

The interpretation of what constitutes sufficiently poor visibility is where the doubt comes in. eg the book I was given states that in rain, the rear light can NOT be used in moderate or intense rain but is obligatory in very intense rain. I am still unclear as to how a driver is suppose to decide whether the rain is intense or very intense.

The UK rule
appears to say that use of fog lights is optional though does give a visibility at which they may be used. I never learned to drive there though so don't know what they actually teach.
I am getting a bit lost as to what you mean. On the one hand you seem to be disagree with me, like opposing when a driver can and cannot use the fog lamps, then you say you are confused about this part of the law.

Using U.K. laws is irrelevant, as they do not apply to Spain. (including how to approach roundabouts!)
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Originally Posted by Casa Santo Estevo
You use them when you either double park or when you stop to talk on the phone. But it is then obligatory to use all four of them.
Now I am confused, STOP to talk on the phone
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Originally Posted by Fredbargate
What about those funny flashing amber lights fitted to the corners of vehicles?
They only seem to work if Brits are driving.
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Originally Posted by Casa Santo Estevo
There is a thread on a Dutch forum discussing the use of front and rear fog lamps in Spain. It seems there are no rules. It is down to the driver as to when they use them. Now that explains a lot.
So what is the OPs problems re driving.
Relax, it was just a short SPAM.
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Now I am confused, STOP to talk on the phone
Well some do.

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Eating Spam whilst driving?
I expected that that is why this subject has gone off topic. Now they (Topics) are much nicer than Spam!



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Originally Posted by Marbella_newbie
Hi all,

I have recently moved to the Costa del Sol from the UK and am finding it difficult getting used to driving over here. I am trying to find a driving instructor/driving school. I have found <one> which looks good, but does anyone know of any others?

Many thanks,

Pat
I'm not in your area so I don't have any local recommendations. I'm curious...you say you are finding it difficult to get used to driving...so does that mean you already have a licence?

Regarding the RAB question - in Spain you are taught to use the right hand lane if you want to turn right, go straight on, and even turn left!! The left hand land is for if you want to double back on yourself. V dangerous in my opinion!
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