Traffic laws in Portugal

Portugal is considered by many to be one of the more difficult countries to drive in, and its high rate of accidents supports that notion.

Passing on the right can result in a fine of €1,000.

On motorways with three lanes, the center lane is for passing.

Failing to stop at a stop sign also can lead to a high fine.

All mobile phone use is punishable with a fine of €600. Keep in mind that fines can be collected on the spot.

Drivers also are required to have a reflective jacket and a warning triangle, both of which are to be used in the case of a breakdown.

Know that the roads in Portugal are not well-lit, and drivers of motorized vehicles share the road with other users.

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