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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):
•7.9 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers

Maximum speed limit

Open roads:
Urban areas:

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood

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

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

Exterior markings
•GB sticker unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
•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
•Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants
•Drivers must not carry a can of petrol in the car

On the spot fines issued
•Yes some officers even carry ATMs

Radar detectors

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.