Traveler’s guide in Brazil

Knowledge Before You Go

Being one among the most- visited countries in the world; Brazil is a pleasing country for both business as well as leisure travelers. The picturesque destinations and tourist attractions in Brazil are spread across its entire length and this is what makes rental cars one of the best modes of commutation in Brazil. Here are some of the driving tips and suggestions which will come handy on your next trip to this vibrant and culturally- rich country.

Tips for Renting Cars in Brazil

Driving around in Brazil can be a little tricky for people who are new to this country. Generally, driving in Brazil is categorized under four different types:

  • Major highways
  • Metropolitan cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
  • Dirt roads and tracks
  • Small back roads

As expected, there are different driving rules and regulations for driving on all these 4 kinds of roads. Some of the common rules that apply almost across all types of roads and destinations in Brazil and are necessary for car renters in Brazil are as listed below:

  • First and foremost, make sure that the rental car you select is capable of trekking terrains.
  • With the ongoing changes in infrastructure, locating places can become troublesome, which makes rental cars a necessity for everyone.
  • Make sure that your rental car is equipped with a good GPS Navigation system.
  • Given to the fact that Brazil has the world’s fourth- largest road network, always be prepared to drive across long distances.
Tips for Renting Cars

Driving rules & regulations in Brazil

Not everyone will find it easy to drive in Brazil. While some of the regions here have strict rules and regulations, others are not as disciplined and it can be challenging for some people to drive here.

  • Since Brazilians are known for their rash and impulsive driving, all drivers must be as cautious as possible while they are behind the wheels here.
  • Anyone above the age of 18 years can drive across all locations in Brazil provided that they have a full driver’s license.
  • International symbols are generally used as road signs in Brazil but travelers must pay heed to the mandatory “STOP” signs.
  • While the state roads in Brazil are well- maintained, inter- state roads can be bumpy.
  • In Brazil, wearing seatbelts while driving is not mandatory as per the traffic law here but it is always advised that all occupants in the vehicle must have safety constraints.
  • Speed limits vary according to the type of road you are driving on. For highways, the speed limit is 90km/hr, 30km/hr while driving in residential areas as well as 60km/hr while driving along avenues.
Driving Rules

General information about driving in Brazil

Rio's accommodations are among the most expensive in the world, with beachfront lodgings in particular charging a premium for their enviable locations. Expect hotel rates to be the most expensive during high season (from December through February), especially during Carnival and New Year's, and for special events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Condition of the roads & highways:Condition of the roads in Brazil can vary largely across different locations. Heavy rains can wash out the asphalt off the roads and eventually cave out holes. Some areas have signalizations used for signaling people about these holes while at other places, there is no such signaling provided and people have to pay proper attention in order to avoid accidents and mishaps.
  • Gas stations:In Brazil, running out of gas while traveling is breaching of an important driving law. Drivers must make sure that they have enough fuel before starting their journey here. Gas stations in Brazil are mostly operated by humans and there are attendants who will refuel your car for you. You can pay using credit/ debit cards but in some rural regions they prefer cash payments at gas stations.
  • Essential things to carry while traveling: While planning to go on a road trip here, you must be equipped to face all possible situations. Flashlights, road maps, enough water, fuel, cash for highway tolls, a photo card, etc are some of the must- haves while traveling in Brazil.
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