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12. Despite all the above mentioned features of behavior of local drivers, foreign drivers will find it rather simple to adjust to these peculiarities. It is important not to exceed the speed and monitor the situation on the road closely.
13. The control over the implementation of the traffic regulations is done by the traffic patrol. Police officers can be seen more often on the roads of the provinces that border with other countries.
14. On such roads there are many «controles policiales» checkpoints. When approaching them, all drivers are required to slow down. The police have the right to stop any vehicle to check documents, and drivers must follow all orders of the police with understanding.

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When choosing a car for your Argentina trip, don’t forget to check and compare the franchise amount (indicated in the rental conditions) for all cars considered in your selection. The franchise may vary from 200 to 2000 euro/dollars even for cars of the same class. A thorough comparison will allow you to choose the option with the lowest franchise.

During your booking, we will offer you to take a full coverage of the franchise ('No Risk' or 'No Excess' package). If you book a car without full coverage, it is recommended to take it at the pick-up time - this will substantially reduce your financial liability in Argentina for the whole rental period.

During your car pick-up in Argentina, do not forget to check what to do in breakdown-, accident- or theft-cases. Most of our offers include 'Breakdown Assistance' package. Besides this, every rental office would be happy to assist you with this package.

Prior to the car return, please check your voucher for the fuel conditions. If it is indicated that a driver shall return the car with a full tank, do not forget to refuel it on the way back, this will save you from additional charges at the rental office.

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15. The police also have the right to check any car for contraband, so the requirement to open the boot should be treated with understanding. Local police can also offer to “disinfect” the car. Such a service usually costs about 2 pesos. During this procedure police officers spray a liquid inside the car. However, in most cases this “disinfecting liquid” is nothing but water.
16. There are many special police checkpoints in the vicinity of Buenos Aires that offer “paid car check”. Experienced travellers usually advise not to argue with the police and pay the required amount for the car inspection. The amount is usually small.
17. Inexperienced motorists are recommended not to travel at night during first several days of their stay in the country. It is very difficult to navigate on local roads in the dark, the majority of traffic accidents happen at night.
18. By default, the permitted speed of driving in the city is 60 km/h. On some parts of roads the maximum permitted speed is 40 km/h. On the country roads it is possible to drive at a speed of 100 - 110 km/h, but drivers still should pay attention to the signs installed along the roads.
19. On busy roads, there are radars and cameras simply everywhere, and their number is only increasing. You should not tempt fate and follow actions of local drivers. The best way to protect yourself from fines is to stick to the recommended speed limits.
20. Pedestrians should also not forget that passing red light is absolutely normal for local drivers. Drivers, who are accustomed to giving way to pedestrians on the “zebra” crossing, should also keep in mind this peculiarity.
21. The way of crossing uncontrolled intersections in Argentina is also quite a peculiar. When approaching an intersection, drivers must honk. The driver, who was the first one to honk, has the right to pass the intersection first.
22. Highways connect large cities only, and the majority of small towns are connected to each other by two-lane paved roads that locals call «rutas». These roads are not distinguished by good lighting. Moreover, in addition to cars there are many buses and trucks on such roads.
23. Some towns can be reached by dirt or gravel roads only. In this case foreign drivers should think about the route carefully in advance. It would also be a good idea to purchase a detailed map of local roads before the trip.
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