Brazil Car Rentals
To use or not use Brazil car rentals
Although rental cars offer a convenient way to get to many parts
of the country, getting behind the wheel if you are an anxious
driver who are likely to get panicked by other overly assertive
drivers, then driving in Brazil is not for you. Just consider the
worst possible driving conditions in your own country and multiply
If you opt for Brazilian car rental, bear in mind that with the
exception of bus drivers, Brazilian drivers do not observe road
etiquette. Apart from speed-crazed drivers, you'll have the
extremely poor conditions on minor roads; wandering livestock; not
to mention, over-enthusiastic speeding trucks and seemingly
invisible potholes to contend with.
Not surprising then that Brazil has one of the highest death tolls
from driving-related accidents in the world, despite electronic
speed traps being widely used. Be advised that should you be
caught speeding in a Brazil rental car, expect the fine to be
added to your credit card.
Road quality should be an important factor before committing to
Brazil car rentals. While the north east has a good network of
coastal roads, the interior is poor. Should you be relying on your
rental car for trips to the interior, be warned that some of these
roads are liable to being washed away by rainfall, making them
unusuable for weeks, if not months on end.
You should at all cost avoid night time driving in Brazil
rental cars. This is extremely dangerous from the point of
view that you might break down in a strange place; it is
nearly impossible to see the very large potholes, owing to extremely
badly lit roads; you run the risk of being robbed; and police
presence is also scarce at night.
If all that hasn't put you off, Brazil car rentals will certainly
give you a great degree of freedom to Brazil travel northeast. Just
be sure your driving documents are in order and you that you have
adequate insurance. Foreign licenses are usually valid for up to
6 months, although an international license is best.
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