Driving in Tenerife is, let's say, a bit adventurous. Even if you come from a country whose traffic is on the right, there are still a number of Spanish idiosyncrasies to keep in mind when trying to drive in Tenerife.

As you venture off the island's daunting roads, remember the simple rule, regarding "give in." If there is an arrow pointing forward on the road, you have right of way. If there is an inverted triangle, you must yield.

Remember to turn right at roundabouts, and when turning on a motorway, turn right!

If there are people waiting at a zebra crossing, you must stop to let them cross.

It is a good idea if you are going straight at the traffic light to enter the left lane as if the lights are red there is often a flashing yellow light to turn right which means anyone who wants to turn right You can proceed with caution. If you are in that lane, waiting to go straight, you can hear some horns honking behind you for blocking their way!

There is an idiosyncrasy of driving in Tenerife that you should be aware of. If you are behind a car and suddenly indicate that you should turn left when there is no apparent left turn at the exit, it means the driver is stopping to allow someone to cross or a car to pull out, for example .

There is also a picturesque custom among native Tenerife drivers. If they see someone they know walking down the street, they'll just stop their cars in the middle of the road to chat with them, without thinking of other drivers. Just be patient with them: it's their way.


Exit a highway during rush hour

Here's a tip on leaving a highway. Well, you may think, I just take the path the same way as I would in my home country, no problem.

In fact, that's the case, except if it turns out to be "rush hour". The exit roads of the motorways of Tenerife often lead, quite quickly, to a busy roundabout, so a line forms quickly. So what happens? The queue extends to the highway, right? And where is the only place for that row to be positioned? Along the shoulder, that's where.

So get ready for this. Otherwise, you may be happily traveling along the inside lane, towards your detour, only to find that there is a long line of cars on the shoulder, stretching behind you ... and you have to try to get in. You practically have to stop in the inside lane, the highway is only two lanes, causing all kinds of problems, including a possible crash situation.

So be careful: if the highway is exceptionally busy, look for a possible tail on the shoulder as you approach your turnoff and prepare to get on the shoulder too and take your position at the rear.

You know it makes sense!


Sometimes the motorways in Tenerife have two separate access roads leading to them. If true! The potential problem here is that one access road will have to give way to the other. So be aware, in this situation, that your access path may suddenly have the inverted triangle, which means it must yield (see above). I know it is weird that you have to stop on one path to check if something is coming on the other path, but this is how it is.


On the TF-1 highway from the southern tourist centers to Santa Cruz, there is a short tunnel. The law for driving in Tenerife is that the headlights must be on, even if you are only in this tunnel for about five seconds. This applies to all tunnels on the island and traffic police are known to stalk the other side to catch anyone who does not comply.

DRIVING IN TENERIFE: some laws you should know

Seat belts: mandatory for all passengers. Children under the age of ten must ride in the back with properly fitted seat belts.
Drinking Driving: In line with most of Europe (except the UK), the limit is 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood (equivalent to less than a pint of beer or slightly more than a normal glass of wine 150cc). In recent years the Tenerife police have been a little more relaxed about this, but trust me, now they are not!
Mobile phones (cell phones): using while driving is a punishable offense
The STOP sign: You will see this word stamped on the road at some intersections (why it is in English is a mystery). You must stop completely, even if you can clearly see that nothing is coming. Not doing it is a crime
In the event of a breakdown: all cars must have a warning triangle (stored in the boot) https://mediaonemarketing.com.sg/top-private-driving-instructors-singapore/

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Driving in Tenerife is, let's say, a bit adventurous. Even if you come from a country whose traffic is on the right, there are still a number of Spanish idiosyncrasies to keep in mind when trying to drive in Tenerife.