Seat Belts must be worn at all times while the car is in
Roundabouts: Traffic on the roundabout has priority over
those waiting to enter
Roads can be three lanes wide; the middle lane is used for
passing in both directions.
Watch out for animal-drawn unlit carts.
At the junction of two roads of equal size, traffic coming
from the right has priority.
Vehicles already in a traffic circle have priority over
those entering it.
Vehicles parked on pavements other when permitted by signs
is subject to the vehicle being impounded for a period of
one month up to one year.
Use of mobile phones when driving is illegal and subject to
a fine of up to € 600.00.
Throwing objects or litter out of cars can be fined up to €
Parking cars facing against the flow of the traffic is
Crossing white lines, jumping red lights, ignoring policemen
signals, all are subject to losing a licence to drive from
two months up to one year.
Passing another vehicle on their right on Motorways the
driver can be fined up to € 1,250.00.
Children under 12 year old cannot sit in the front seat
while the car is in motion.
Child seats and baby seats must be used by all children up
to the age of 11.
Police/Fire/Ambulance Service - 112.
usually open from 7am to 10pm or midnight; otherwise they're
open 24 hours. Major
credit cards are accepted but entail a surcharge. Unleaded
petrol is called gasolina sin plomo or gasolina sem chumbo.
Unleaded super petrol has an octane rating of 95 or 98.
Diesel is called gasoleo.
LPG is called gas
Speed Limits & fines;
(Urban) areas: 50 km/h = 30 mph
roads: 90 km/h = 54 mph
120 km/h = 72 mph
limits are enforced by radar traps and unmarked police cars.
Fines as of 2004:
area - excess of less than 20 km/h = Fine up to
area - excess of 20 to 40 km/h = Fine up to
area - excess of 40 to 60 km/h = Fine up to
area - excess of 60 km/h = Fine up to
Rural roads -
excess of less 30 km/h = Fine up to
Rural roads -
excess of 30 to 60 km/h = Fine up to
Rural roads -
excess of 60 to 80 km/h = Fine up to
Rural roads -
excess of 80 km/h = Fine up to
fines are subject under law to immediate payment. At the
discretion of the law officer the vehicle can be seized
until such payment is recorded.
50 Km/h on Motorways can be fined
Unleaded gasoline -
gasolina sem chumbo
Diesel - diesel
Toll - portagem
Parking - estacionamento
Exit - saida
Entrance - entrada
Detour - atalho
Hospital - hospital
Police - policia
Police station - estacao de policia
Reflective Safety Vest (In the event of a breakdown, it is
not permitted to walk to an emergency phone without one).
Documents relating to the car and its insurance must be in
minimum age is 23 years. They will need to have their
passports and drivers licence at commencement of hire and at
all times when driving. There is no maximum age.
standard package includes:
CDW insurance with a low excess (this is like
comprehensive in UK).
return at Faro airport or accommodation in the Algarve.
Child seats if
mileage in Portugal.
everything you need to drive away.
Available as optional extras are:
also known in Portugal as super CDW.
drive to Spain.
We do not operate a full tank policy.
We recommend that you call at a petrol station at the start
of your journey. At the end of the hire please return the
car with the same amount of petrol as at the start of the
If you are using
child seats please bring a towel or other cover to help keep
them clean for the next clients children. The child seats
are standard forward facing child seats generally suitable
for children from 6 months to 2 and a half years.
also have booster cushions for older children (6-7 year).
Where parents are concerned as to the suitability of the
seats, we recommend they bring own seats
Whether you pay by credit card or in cash we ask you to
complete a credit card slip as security for the amount of
the insurance excess for your car group. The slip is not
submitted to the bank unless there is a claim, so in the
normal course you will not actually pay a deposit. At the
end of the hire the credit card slip is returned to you and
you should destroy it without delay..
is PAI and what is the benefits
Personal Accident Insurance ("PAI") is an option that
provides the benefits shown below in the event of accidental
death or accidental injury to a renter and passengers
occurring during the rental of a vehicle. If this optional
coverage is purchased by a renter, the renter is covered
twenty-four hours a day for all accidents, whether the
renter is actually in the vehicle at the time of the
accident. Passengers in a vehicle are only covered for
accidents occurring while they occupy the vehicle.
Renter / Each Passenger
Accidental death: euro 100,000 / euro 10,000
Accident Medical Expense up to: euro 1,000 / euro 1,000
Accident Ambulance Expense up to: euro 100 / euro 100
Total benefits for any one accident are limited to an
aggregate of: euro 125,000.
Benefits are payable in addition to any other coverage
do not ask for a reservation deposit so you will not need to
expose your credit card details over the Internet.
The hire includes unlimited mileage within Portugal. If you
wish to go to Spain you will need a bail bond and green card
from our insurers. There is a charge of 50 euro for this.
In case of an accident
Should you have an accident or the car is broken into or any
other event that requires a claim on the insurance you must
call the police and get an incident report number. Without
this the insurance will not pay the claim and it is your
responsibility to obtain the police report number and
deliver it to us. If you have any difficulties with this
please do not hesitate to call the office and we will be
happy to help.