Driving in Brazil: Things to Know (part 3)


On a normal day, you will probably only face some traffic as leaving the city for the road.

In the present, if you plan your Brazilian road trip during a national holiday, know you may have to face traffic jams on the road. Most Brazilian roads, even in big cities, have one to three lanes, so there is not much space for the total number of cars leaving town.

If you are coming to Brazil in summer, roads are also filled with cars during the weekends, especially on the way to the beach. So, plan ahead and visit the city on a weekday, when most people will go to work and out of the road.

Parking in Brazil

When you are driving around a city in Brazil, there is just a few options for parking.

If you want to park on the street, remember that there are certain parking spaces for elders and disabled people and you won’t be allowed to park there. You’ll only be allowed to park in general parking spaces, which are marked with a white line on the street. Meanwhile, yellow line means you can’t park there at any time.

If you are in doubt, find “Estacionamentos”, which means parking garages where you can pay by hour or day.

Driving safety

Generally, tollways are very safe in Brazil, even at night. While on the road, you may notice that there are a lot of trucks since Brazil’s main mode of transportation for consumer goods is through roads and trucks.

Road regulations in Brazil

On Brazilian roads, cars must always keep their headlights on, even during the day. Most roads have radar speed signs and even police officers with speed guns.

In general, speed limits go from 60 km/h to 100 km/h in Brazil, but some roads go lower or higher than that. The limit will vary a lot, so look out for the signs.