Planning a trip with friends we've driven through Spain with on two earlier occasions, planning to rent a car in Madrid (our airport arrival) and driving through Western Spain and into Portugal for around two weeks' stay there. But every book I've consulted has had a very negative cast to its description of driving there: bad roads, erratic drivers, worst accident and traffic death record in western Europe, corrupt police… the list goes on. What has your experience been? I found driving in Spain, large areas of it, mostly manageable and never had trouble. How does Portugal compare? Should we revise our plans and reconsider modes of transportation?