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Here are some hints to help make your driving more safe and defensive in Brazil :

  • 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 street.

  • 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.


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