Driving Rules & Tips :
Southern Europe generally has far worse
accident rates than northern, and Portugal has the worst —
243 people are killed each year per million residents. August
is the worst month for deaths. Portugal uses international
traffic regulations and road signs.
Driving is on the right-hand side. Traffic
should therefore keep to the right, whilst overtaking is done
on the left hand side.
The driver and front passenger must
wear seatbelts when driving outside built-up areas.
60 kph in built-up areas
90 kph outside built-up areas
120 kph on motorways
Priority is given to vehicles approaching
from the right at junctions, roundabouts etc. except where
At a roundabout where there are no other indications, priority
goes to vehicles coming onto the roundabout. If a roundabout
has signs at the entrances, priority is given to vehicles
on the roundabout.
Overtaking is on the left-hand side.
It is however permitted to overtake a vehicle making left
turn on its right-hand side.
Trams may be overtaken on the right hand side except if it
is stationery in order to let passengers on and off.
Drivers are legally required to carry
the following documents:
Driving licence and "Bilhete d’Identidade" or passport
Car Insurance papers
"Livrete" or car owner’s manual
"Titulo de Propriedade" or proof of ownership
Current road tax stamp
The legal limit in Portugal is 0.5 grams
per litre. Fines for exceeding this 50,000-200,000 escudos,
and the offender will have his driving license suspended for
Third Party insurance is obligatory
in Portugal, and because of the high rate of accidents in
Portugal, we strongly advise you to take out a fully comprehensive