Do not assume other vehicles will always
stop or yield as directed by traffic lights and signs.
Brazilians typically will not enter an
intersection unless all traffic has stopped, and will look both ways
when driving through an intersection on a green light.
Use caution when stopping for a yellow
light. The car behind you may not anticipate this action. You should
sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
At night, most Brazilians pause at red
lights and continue with caution.
Brazilians often use arm/hand signals in
lieu of automobile turn signals.
Brazilians willingly let other vehicles
pass. If a vehicle comes up behind you flashing his headlights,
allow them to pass.
Truck and bus drivers are routinely given
the right of way.
Keep up with traffic.
Vehicles may be driven at night with only
parking lights even though this is no longer legal.
When making a left turn off a two-lane
highway it is customary to put on your left turn signal and pull off
the road to the right to wait until it is clear to turn left (across
both lanes of traffic).
Drive defensively: cars may be found
backing into on-coming traffic or going the wrong way on a one way
Watch for speed bumps (lombada) and
depressions (valeta) on the streets.
In the major cities, traffic tickets are
given by special police officers patrolling on foot. The ticket (multa)
will be sent to you by mail about one month later. It should be paid
at a local bank.