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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in Portugal. Anyone taking their car on a trip to Portugal should remember their MoT certificate if applicable. Also, drivers who wear contact lenses or glasses will need to carry a spare set, too.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
β€’7.9 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers
β€’18

Maximum speed limit

Motorways:
β€’120kph/75mph
Open roads:
β€’90kph/56mph
Urban areas:
β€’50kph/31mph

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
β€’50mg

Equipment required in car
β€’Warning triangle (recommended)
β€’Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlights, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps.
β€’Reflective jacket within reach inside the car
β€’Spare bulbs for car's external lights
β€’If drivers usually wear glasses or contact lenses, a spare pair should be carried in the car

Documentation to be carried
β€’Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
β€’Original registration document or hire-car paperwork
β€’Motor insurance policy
β€’MoT certificate if applicable
β€’Passport

Exterior markings
β€’GB sticker unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
β€’A yellow '90' disc must be displayed if the driver has held a licence for less than a year. Obtain this from the Automovel de Club Portugal, the Portuguese motoring club
β€’Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants
β€’Drivers must not carry a can of petrol in the car

On the spot fines issued
β€’Yes some officers even carry ATMs

Radar detectors
β€’Forbidden

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.