Andorra Car Rental

 Traveling in Andorra
Andorra is a small country located in-between France and Spain. One of its primary means of income is tourism due to popular winter and summer resorts that are frequented by more than nine million people each year. Despite tourism being one of Andorra’s chief means of economic income, the closest airports for those wishing to travel to Andorra are in Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France. The country is comprised of about two hundred and seventy-nine kilometers of roadways, of which seventy-six kilometers are still unpaved.

The common idea most tourists have is to simply rent a car when they land in Toulouse or Barcelona and use it during their stay. While this is permitted, you may want to rethink that strategy. Unlike most European countries, people drive on the right in Andorra. Driving on the right in a right-side drive car could be a bit disorienting, making it advisable to use one of the car rental agencies in Andorra to rent a left-side drive car during your stay. You may also want to get an SUV instead of a coup or some other traditional roadway vehicle, just in case you end up having to go off road.

Andorran police do not mess around when it comes to driving laws. You would do well to abide by the following list of requirements, rules, and regulations:

1.    All motorists are legally required to have two red warning triangles in the event that they end up in an accident or having to pull off to the side of the road. One triangle should go in the front of the car, just off to the side of the road, and the other triangle should be placed at the back of the car.
2.    In addition to the two red warning triangles, all motorists are required to carry around a spare set of glasses if they are required to wear a pair while driving, at least one spare wheel, a set of spare light bulbs and all the tools necessary to change any light bulb out on your car, and a reflective jacket that must be worn if you leave your car on the side of the road and walk for help.
3.    A certificate of insurance should be in your possession at all times. If you rented your car, a certificate should be given to you. If you’re using an outside country’s insurance, be sure to ask your insurer how long your insurance is good for while out of country.
4.    Drinking and driving laws are stricter in Andorra than most other European countries. Being caught driving while under the influence could cost you quite a bit of money in fines, and that’s if you’re lucky enough not to have your license taken or arrested on the spot. Don’t drink and drive.  
5.    Seat belts are required by law to be worn by the front seat passengers at all times. No children under the age of ten are allowed to sit in the front seat, and very young children under the age of five should be strapped to an approved car seat. If you rent a car, an appropriate car seat should be provided to you.
6.    The use of a mobile phone while driving is strictly prohibited throughout Andorra. However, you are permitted to use a hands-free device to talk on the phone.

Follow these rules and you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and headaches. The police force may be strict about its traffic laws, but they keep a very low overall crime rate. So long as you abide by the law, you’re likely to have an incident-free vacation.

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