An awe-inspiring coastline, vibrant city life, traditional villages, and rich culture make Portugal a worth seeing holiday destination in Europe. Whenever you plan a holiday in this part of the world, you can book a car rental for Portugal to explore its strikingly beautiful surroundings. Moreover, all the major roads are 3-laned and clean. Cars are supposed to be driven in the middle lane as per the rules of the road.
The road network in Portugal comprises of toll roads including A1 Lisboa to Santarem, A1 Fatima to Coimbra and others. Some of the local drivers do irresponsible driving here, thus making car driving slightly unsafe. However, there are some driving rules, regulations and advices to be considered for safe transit. Read below.
When driving in Portugal, maintaining appropriate documentation is the foremost thing. Be it any time of the day, you need to carry with yourself vehicle registration document (V5), third-party insurance and certificate of motor insurance. The driving license is also important.
If you possess the old-style green license then it is to be accompanied by an International Driver's Permit. The green/pink license of EC format is also acceptable. Do carry your passport as an identity proof.
The warning triangle is mandatory for every car driver. A reflector vest (specifically, legal) is a must-carry and has to worn by the person who is repairing car by roadside. A bulb-set is compulsory, although first-aid kit is optional. Therefore, one need not carry too many articles.
*The age may differ from one supplier to another as some of them allow online car hire for Portugal at the age of 18.
One of the most strictly implemented driving rules is regarding speed limit, which is 50Km/h in well-built areas, 90-100Km/h on rural roads. For motorways, the maximum limit is 120Km/h. radar traps and police cars implement the limits.
A car is to be parked on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic flow. If parking is done at places other those reserved such as unmarked pavements then the vehicle is likely to be immobilized or impounded as the situation may be**
**Time period may vary from one month to one year.