ANDORRA DRIVING TIPS

 

Any special requirements for driving in Andorra?
In Andorra vehicles must drive on the right and overtake on the left. A good road runs from the Spanish to the French frontiers through Saint Julia, Andorra laVella, Escaldes-Engordany, Encamp, Canillo and Soldeu. There is one major east-west route and a minor road to El Serrat, which is closed in winter. It is recommended that all vehicles carry a warning triangle, first aid kit, Spare bulb kit and Fire extinguisher. 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.

 

What is the speed limit on Andorran Roads?
Speed limit in Towns: 40kph/25mph.
Speed limit on Major roads: 70kph/44mph.

 

What is the alcohol limit in Andorra?
The blood/alcohol limit in Andorra is 80mg.

 

Are there any Toll roads in Andorra?
There are no tolls on the roads in Andorra.

 

What are the seat belt regulations in Andorra?
In Andorra seatbelts are compulsory front and rear. Children under ten years of age must travel in the rear, unless they are over 1.5m in height.

 

What is the minimum age for driving in Andorra?
The minimum driving age in Andorra is 18.

 

What documents may i need to carry?
It is advisable to carry your driving license, insurance certificate and vehicle registration, along with your passport.

What terms may I find useful when driving in Andorra?

 

FRENCH TERMS

 

Aire de repos - Rest stops
Allumez vos lanterns (or feux) - Turn on your lights
Attention au feu - Beware of traffic signal
Attention travaux - Beware roadworks
Autre directions - Other directions
Barriere de degel - Trucks not allowed
Chaussee deformee - Bumpy road ahead
Cedez le passage - Give way (Give priority to the other road)
Centre ville - Town center
Col - Mountain pass
Ferme - Closed
Gendarmerie - Police station
Gravillons - Loose chippings
Haute tension - Electric line
Interdit aux pietons - No pedestrians
Nids de poules - Potholes
Ouvert - Open
Pas - Mountain pass
Prochain echangement gratuit - No toll at next exit
Rappel - Remember
Route barree - Road closed
Sens-unique - One-way
Serrez a droite - Keep to the right
Sortie - Exit
Suivre - Follow
Sur - On
Toutes directions - All directions
Vitesse adaptee securite - Adapt your speed for safety
Voie unique - One lane road
Voitures - Cars

SPANISH TERMS
Aparcamiento - Parking ramp
Ceda el Paso - Give Way
Centro - Town center
Comisaria - Police station
Cuidado - Drive with care
Desvio - Detour
Dirreccion Unica - One-way street
Obras - Roadworks
Peligro - Danger
Todas Direcciones - All directions
el tanque de gasolina - gas tank
la matricula - license plate
el acumulador - battery
el radiador - radiator
Todas direcciones - All directions
Autopista - Motorway
Despacio - Slow
Prohibido el paso - Road Closed
Mantenga su izquierda - Keep left
Mantenga su derecha - keep right
Prioridad a la izquierda - Priority to left
Prioridad a la derecha - Priority to right
Enciendense sus luces - Switch on lights
Salida - Motorway Exit

What number do I call for the emergency services in Andorra?
Police/Ambulance Service - 17.
Fire Service - 18.

WINTER DRIVING IN ANDORRA

In case of snow falls.

If abundant, stick to the lanes already cleared out by previous vehicles.
If moderate, stay on the fresh snow to maintain best adherence.

If the road is blocked due to heavy snow falls.

Don't leave your car in places that could obstruct the passage of other vehicles or snow
plough

Keeping a full petrol tank at all times.

Will help you maintain weight and adherence but also a safety reserve for heating the car
in case of an emergency.

It is preferable to check your brakes after having driven on salted roads.

The salt will stick to the brake discs and affect their efficiency.

With sub-zero temperatures.

Avoid using your hand brake as the cold is likely to freeze the brake drum.
Parking your car in gear is preferable.