Driving Rules & Regulations in Portugal

Make your trip to Portugal even more enjoyable by researching the rules the road before you go. Once you know what to expect you can really make the most of your car hire experience. Here’s what you need to know:

· Drive on the right-hand side of the road. If you are accustomed to driving on the left in countries such as the UK and Ireland, this might take a bit of getting used to, but don’t forget.

· The minimum age for driving is 18 years of age, but many hire car companies will insist that drivers are at least 21.

· Carry your driver’s licence and insurance documentation with you at all times. All information relating to the rental car should be kept in the vehicle.

· In Portugal, the speed limit for urban areas is 50 km/h, rural roads is 90km/h, and motorways is 120km/h. Radar traps and unmarked traffic control cars are very common on Portugal’s roads, so don’t spoil your vacation by getting caught for speeding.

· Always wear your seat belt, whether you are the driver or a passenger.

· Always carry a warning triangle in the car. This must be displayed on the road near your vehicle should you break down.

·You should also have a reflective jacket/vest in the vehicle. In the event of a breakdown, the person performing the repair must wear this enhanced-visibility item.

· Child seats and booster seat must be carried for children up to the age of 12.

· Children under 12 years of age cannot travel in the front of the vehicle.

· Traffic police can subject motorists to on-the-spot fines for motoring offences, and they may insist on either cash or credit card. Your vehicle could be impounded until payment is received.

· The use of mobile or hand-held technology is not permitted while driving. Fines of up to €600 can apply.

· Don’t drink and drive. If your blood/alcohol limit is more than o.05% you could face a fine of between €1,250 and €2,500, the removal of your driver’s licence, and/or a prison term.

· Drive with dipped headlights when visibility is poor.

· At a junction of roads of similar size, give way to traffic on the right, unless indicated otherwise.

· Park in designated spaces. Your car could be impounded if you park in a prohibited area.

· Park in the direction of traffic.

· Traffic that has already entered a circle/roundabout has priority over traffic that is about to enter.
· Do not overtake on the right hand side. Such a maneuvre can attract a fine of €€1,250.00.
· If you are involved in an accident, remain at your vehicle until the police arrive.

Hiring a car is the best way to discover the beauty of Portugal. Travelling at your very own speed gives you ultimate independence and flexibility. For the very best deals available in car hire, check out our Cheap Car Hire Portugal page.

Heading to Portugal for a vacation in the near future? Or have you visited before? If you have any tips for driving in Portugal, please post your comments below. Thank You.