DRIVING TIPS: ARGENTINA

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Driving in Argentina varies to other countries so it’s important to know some road rules before you start your road trip there. Sixt has provided a guide for our customers with some useful driving tips so that you can be familiar with what to expect when driving in Argentina.

  • Drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.

  • Seat belts must be worn in the front seats and the back seats if belts are fitted. Children who are too small to use seatbelts must be transported in a correctly fitted child seat.

  • Children under the age of 10 have to sit in the back of the car. The blood alcohol level limit for drink driving is 0.05% mg/ml.

  • Use of low lights or luces bajas is mandatory 24 hours per day on highways and main roads.

  • Mobile phones can only be used with a hands free system.

  • Vehicles can only be parked in the direction of traffic flow. It is illegal to park a vehicle facing opposing traffic.

  • In towns, intersections without traffic lights or signs function like four-way stops: a car approaching from your right has right of way.

  • On main roads left hand turns are not allowed unless specifically stated.

  • In the event of an accident, stay by your car until the police come.

SPEED LIMITS

The standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are as follows:

  • 40 kph on side roads.

  • 60 kph in built up areas.

  • 100 -120 kph on highways and roads outside the city.

THINGS TO BRING ALONG

  • A full UK driving licence.

  • An international drivers licence.

  • Car insurance documents.

  • Proof of identity – Passport.

  • Two safety triangles with reflecting surfaces.

  • First aid kit.

  • Fire extinguisher inside the vehicle.

  • A good road map of Argentina could be useful as well as a sat nav.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Be extra cautious when driving at night as road users and roads have little or no lights.

  • Road conditions in Argentina are generally good but there are some gravel and dirt roads off the main roads particularly in the south which will require a 4×4.

  • Many highways only have one lane in in each direction and you get between two to three lanes on an autopista (freeway), which connect the major cities.

  • It is advised that all doors are locked and windows closed when driving through cities especially at night time and when stopping at junctions.

  • In the country areas you should drive carefully in case there are any potholes or rocks in the road.

  • Make sure you park your car in a well-lit area.

  • There are toll roads on most of the main highways, because many of the highways are privately owned. Check maps and local information before you go.

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