What to expect when driving in Brazil?
When driving in Brazil, you have to take into consideration the traffic. Especially when you’re driving in big cities such as Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, it is highly recommended that you should avoid driving at rush hour, at about 6 p.m, when it may take twice or even three times as long to go from point A to point B since the number of cars and motorcycles on the street gets so big.
In order to avoid rush hour, look for a nice restaurant nearby to relax, have your meal, and go back to your hotel.
Most touristic cities have well-preserved streets and roads around them, so you don’t have to worry so much about road maintenance. Although some streets that are far from the city center may have road maintenance problems, the chance that you have to drive around them is very low.
Many things have been said about Brazilian safety. To have a safe trip in Brazil, the main tip is to be always aware of the place where you are.
It is almost always safe to drive around the country. Every day, Brazilians go to work and school by car, bus, train, or subway and they have learned to pay attention to their surroundings at all times.
If you are a bit anxious about it, just avoid leaving the touristic areas of the city and always close the windows while driving at night. Most of the serious stuff in Brazil you see in the news don’t happen all the time like you may imagine.
Driving regulations in Brazil
In Brazil, driving is pretty straightforward. If you are feeling somehow apprehensive, you should take a taxi to your hotel and try to get acquainted to the street signs and speed limits, instead of picking up your rental car right away. Remember that most of the biggest cities in Brazil have very strict speed limits as well as many radar speed signs.