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Driving tips for those hiring a car in Portugal
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The Portuguese drive on the right hand side of the road and overtake on the left. In Your
hire car priority is given to the left.
Speed limits to observe when driving a hire car Algarve
When driving in a hire car in Portugal the speed limit on Motorway: 120kph/74mph
When driving a hire car in Portugal the speed limit in Urban areas: 50kph/31mph
When driving a hire car in Portugal the speed limit on Major roads: 100kph/62mph
Parking a hire car in the Algarve
Do not park your hire car within 18 meters of a road junction, 15 meters of a bus stop or
within 3 meters of a tram or bus stop. This is against regulations and may incur a fine or
worse. Also be sure to park your rental car facing the direction of the traffic moving on
your side of the road. In Lisbon, it is advisable to have a Blue Zone Parking Disc, available
free from local police stations.
Legalities to be aware of when hiring a car in the Algarve.
The blood/alcohol limit in Portugal is 0.05%. A blood/alcohol reading of more than 0.12% will
result in imprisonment. DO NOT drink and drive in your hire car!
In Portugal seatbelts are compulsory in the front and rear of all cars including hire cars.
Children under twelve years of age must travel in the rear of the rental car.
Non-European licences must be accompanied with an International Driving Permit
Tolls in Portugal
Tolls are charged on selected motorways across Portugal,you will need to pay them when driving a hire car on them.
You may find the following terms useful when hiring a car in the Algarve
Unleaded gasoline - gasolina sem chumbo
Diesel - diesel
Toll - portagem
Parking - estacionamenfo
Exit - saida
Entrance - entrada
Detour - atalho
Hospital - hospital
Police - policia
Police station - estacao de policia
If you encounter an emergency while in your hire car in Portugal;
In emergencies call the Police/Fire/Ambulance Service by dialling 112.
Alternatively for less serious matters call your Portuguese car hire company
To book a Algarve car hire and proceed to our secure booking form or telpehone the Algarve
Advice car hire Car Hire help desk on the number above.
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