9. Driving while intoxicated is considered a very serious violation. In addition to a heavy fine and driving license cancellation, this traffic violation often results in imprisonment.
10. In spite of the fact that the car traffic is really intense in the country, local drivers treat pedestrians with great care and respect. When approaching a crossroads or a traffic light, make sure to slow down. Even temperamental local drivers always give way to pedestrians and other motorists, if that is required by the traffic regulations.
11. Pedestrians, in their turn, do not always follow traffic regulations. They can easily cross the street in the wrong place or at the red light, without paying any attention to the cars on the road.
The maximum allowed speed in the territory of settlements is 70 km/h, and on country roads it is allowed to increase the speed up to 120 km/h. The maximum permitted speed is usually mentioned on road signs; it is recommended to follow the rules because the speed of vehicles is strictly monitored in Chile.
13. The police are always very polite when speaking to drivers, especially to foreign ones. In no case should drivers argue and try to convince police officers not to issue a fine – in Chile such actions will certainly be interpreted as an attempt to give a bribe. You should do as the police tell you and provide them with all necessary documents at first request.
14. The cost of fuel is quite high in the country and is usually US$1.5 per liter. In addition to the unleaded petrol, drivers can often buy diesel fuel at local petrol stations.
15. In the territory of residential areas you will find a wide range of public parking lots. Among them you will find either usual street parking lots, or guarded undercover parking. The cost of parking depends not only on its type, but also on its location. The average cost of one hour of parking varies from US$2 to US$3.5.