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The main roads on Fuerteventura island are well-maintained and a pleasure to drive on. They’re also relatively quiet when you’re away from the major tourist resorts – although in those areas you’ll most likely prefer to park and walk around instead. However, even in the busiest places at the busiest times you won’t encounter anything resembling traffic congestion. So, it’s a very relaxed place to drive. A local driving convention that might be confusing at first is that all drivers in the left lane will indicate that they’re turning left if a vehicle in front does. This doesn’t mean they’re all actually turning left – they’re relaying to drivers behind them that someone ahead is waiting to cross the traffic.
As part of the Canary Islands, which are Spanish territories, laws when it comes to driving with children in Fuerteventura are in line with those in the EU. Thus, the National Child Restraint Law applies here. This specifies that a child seat is required for any child under 135 cm (about 4 feet 4 inches). Children who are shorter than this are also not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat, unless there are no back seats or if these are already occupied by children in child seats. Child seats must meet the R44 or R129 i-size specifications.
When you’re driving around Fuerteventura island, it’s important to make sure you don’t run out of petrol for more than just for the inconvenience. You can actually be fined for it, as it’s defined as negligent driving, on the rationale that the sudden slowing down or other manoeuvre a driver might have to make when suddenly running dry could endanger other road users. Petrol stations are plentiful on the main roads though, so just make sure you top up well before you need to in order to be on the safe side.
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Since Fuerteventura is a relatively small island, it makes the ideal location for a road trip. It’s also much more convenient to self-drive here, as you won’t be tied to public transport routes and schedules. You’ll also be able to reach all of the tourist attractions you like, whether they’re on a public transport route or not. The Corralejo Natural Park is one such place, as is the small village of El Cotillo with its clear turquoise lagoons. You can also experience the traditional local non-tourist side of the island by visiting Betancuria. The twisty road on the way there offers great panoramic views. If you’re on holiday with your kids, they’ll want to go to Oasis Park, an animal park, and nothing will be easier than piling into your hired family car.
Besides getting used to driving on the right-hand side of the road, there are a few quirks to be aware of when you’re in Fuerteventura, and some specific laws that warrant specific attention. Roundabouts flow anti-clockwise rather than clockwise as they do in the UK, and you may only overtake on the left. Something to be careful of is to not rest your arm on the door if you’re driving with the window open as this will earn you a spot fine. And although this is a holiday island make sure not to drive without a shirt on or wearing flip-flops, as you can be fined for those too. Finally, make sure to come to a complete stop at Stop signs, as traffic police are also vigilant about that.
To hire a car in Fuerteventura you’ll have to be at least 25 years of age. You’ll be required to carry your driver’s licence with you at all times as well as proof of third-party insurance, which KAYAK will provide with your hire car. Because of this high age limit, when you hire a car you won’t have to worry about any model restrictions, so you can get anything from a compact hatchback to a sports car or a convertible.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Fuerteventura are Driving Force (8.7, 445 reviews), Silvercar (8.7, 166 reviews), and Localiza (8.6, 89 reviews).