General advice:
Seat Belts must be worn at all times while the car is in motion.
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 300.00
Parking cars facing against the flow of the traffic is illegal.
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.

Emergency number;
Police/Fire/Ambulance Service - 112.

Fuel stations;
are 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 liquido. 

Speed Limits & fines;
Built-up (Urban) areas: 50 km/h = 30 mph
        Other (Rural) roads: 90 km/h = 54 mph
Motorways: 120 km/h = 72 mph

Speed limits are enforced by radar traps and unmarked police cars.

Fines as of 2004:
        Inside Urban area - excess of less than 20 km/h = Fine up to 300.00
Inside Urban area - excess of 20 to 40 km/h = Fine up to 600.00
Inside Urban area - excess of 40 to 60 km/h = Fine up to 1,500.00
Inside Urban area - excess of 60 km/h = Fine up to 2,500.00
Rural roads - excess of less 30 km/h = Fine up to 300.00
Rural roads - excess of 30 to 60 km/h = Fine up to 600.00
Rural roads - excess of 60 to 80 km/h = Fine up to 1,500.00
Rural roads - excess of 80 km/h = Fine up to 2,500.00

All 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.

        Driving below 50 Km/h on Motorways can be fined 300.00.

Useful translations;

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

Vehicle requirements;
Warning Triangle.
 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 the vehicle.

The drivers 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.

The standard package includes:
CDW insurance with a low excess (this is like comprehensive in UK).
Delivery / return at Faro airport or accommodation in the Algarve.
An additional driver.
Child seats if required.
Unlimited mileage in Portugal.
Which covers everything you need to drive away. 

Available as optional extras are:
Excess waiver also known in Portugal as super CDW.
Further drivers.
Insurance to drive to Spain.
Person accident insurance

Full tank policy
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 hire.

Child safety
If you are using
our 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. We 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..

What 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 available.

Reservation deposit
We 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.



Tel.: (+351) 967 380 308

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