Driving in Brazil varies from other countries so make sure that you know some road rules if you are planning on driving there. Sixt has provided a guide to help our customers out and provide you all with some useful driving tips.
Please make sure that you read our guide to driving in Brazil before you start your road trip.
Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in Brazil.
The 2 standard speed limits are:
It is a legal requirement to carry the following in the car at all times:
International licenses are recommended and may avoid the need for an official Portuguese translation at the local Department of Transport office (DETRAN)
Make sure you have a road map of the area that you are driving in as well as sat nav.
Due to the high incidence of car-jacking and robbery at traffic lights, it is tolerated for drivers to not stop at red lights at night in major cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Drivers should keep doors locked and windows closed, particularly at junctions and especially at night
Be careful when driving in rural areas as some roads are in bad condition and may contain potholes.
Brazil does have some toll roads particularly in the state of Sao Paulo as well as Bahia, Parana, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais, and Santa Catarina.
If driving in Sao Paulo be warned that the city is renowned for traffic jams and has some of the worst congestion in the world.
In Brazil, it is not uncommon to see cars driving without their headlights on at night.
Always drive cautiously as some drivers in Brazil disregard the road rules and drive dangerously.
Sixt has many branches located in Brazil including the major cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife and Porto Alegre.
Wherever you decide to go make sure you use Sixt car rental in Brazil, helping you to make the most of your time.
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* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.