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40. The majority of parking lots in big cities are paid. The prices for their services may vary significantly, even in the same city. For example, one hour of parking in central and popular parts of the city may cost you about US$10, while in remote areas the cost of one hour will be no more than US$2 - 3.
41. In large parking lots there are always staff members who find parking spaces by themselves. Once the car is parked, the car owner gets the keys and the service bill. It should be noted that the parking staff do not guarantee the safety of the vehicle. If you notice new scratches or dents after parking, accusing the staff will be almost impossible.
42. Virtually every organization and business center has its own private parking area exclusively for employees. This simplifies the situation greatly during the weekdays, but on weekends it will be really hard to find a free space on public parking lots.
43. In general, parking lots are well-organized in large cities. Despite the fact that they are literally everywhere, such a large number of parking lots does not spoil the urban infrastructure. Many parking lots are located underground; for convenience of drivers, both enter and exit of such parking lots are always equipped with spherical mirrors.
44. Motorcycles and bicycles always have separate parking lots. Quite often, they are located close to roads. Of course, cars are prohibited to park there. The police or CET staff members will surely not leave the violation unnoticed.
45. On some streets, you may see large white signs with a red cross and the letter “E”. This means that parking a car on this street is prohibited. The sign may also contain additional information. Quite often it is prohibited to park only from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and only on weekdays.

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If you need a car with an automatic transmission, it is recommended to book it in advance. Cars with automatic transmissions are often sparse in Brazil, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Brazil, we recommend to take into consideration some practical apects. If you are going to drive mostly in the cities, then a car of a small size is preferable, while for long distance trips (and trips in the mountains) we recommend to choose a larger and more powerful car.

Prior your car retrun, please clean the salon from a garbage, and do not forget to take away all your belongings from the passenger compartment.

At the car return time, please ask the officer to make a visual inspection of the vehicle for defects and to sign the acceptance report. Keep the invoice and the acceptance report for next few months.

For a car rental options in Brazil, we advise you to check actual offers in the orange search form at the top. We guarantee that you would not be able to find better rates anywhere else!
46. If a parking lot has a sign with the “azul” mark, this means that only holders of a special card are allowed to use it. You can purchase this parking card in any newspaper or tobacco shop. The cost of the card depends on the number of parking hours on its account.
47. The cost of the 1 hour parking card is approximately US$2. Using the card is easy – simply write down your time of arrival to the parking lot and put the card under the windshield. Many parking lots that are operated by the “azul” card have the maximum time of parking of two hours.
48. There are special parking places for the disabled close to supermarkets, banks and other institutions. Drivers, who are not disabled, cannot occupy these places, even if all the other places in the parking lot are occupied.
49. While driving, do not forget to pay attention to road signs that indicate the speed limit. They can be located in most unexpected places. Experienced motorists usually recommend paying attention to local drivers as they never slow down without a serious reason.
50. If main highways in the country are distinguished by good quality of road surface, secondary roads are not so good. There often many dents and holes on them. Some holes are really big, so it is not recommended to drive fast on them or travel on such roads at night.
51. Road works in Brazil are fairly organized. There is always a special worker in the uniform who informs drivers about the closed area. If he is holding a red sign that says «PARE», this means that the road is closed. If the worker holds a green sign with the word «SIGA», it is permitted to drive.
52. In some cities, you may also see quite unusual traffic lights with all the lights duplicated. These traffic lights are more important than traffic signals with single light of each color. The latter are often ignored by local people, while traffic lights with double signals are treated with attention.
53. You will see a large number of old vehicles on the roads of Brazil. Many of them are already out of production, but local residents still keep their old cars. Many people simply have no money for a new car.
54. Note that in Brazil there are not only regular taxis, but also motorcycle taxis. The name speaks for itself - taxi drivers on motorcycles ply in the city at high speed and offer “fast ride”. For other car drivers such moto-taxis are dangerous, because the drive really fast and often overcome using the opposite lane.
55. Despite the aggressive driving style, Brazilian drivers are very welcoming and friendly. You can always ask them to help you find a tourist site or any other place. As a rule, not all roads between cities are distinguished by high quality. Advice from one of the locals will help you reach the point of destination in the best and safest way.
56. According to the statistics, every year more than 30,000 people are killed in road accidents in the country. In 80% of these cases, the accidents happen because of drunk drivers, so driving under influence is considered a serious crime in Brazil.
57. According to the local regulations, the blood alcohol content should be 0.0 ppm. This strict rule was first introduced in 2008. The punishment for drunk driving includes the suspension of the driving license for one year and the fine of 600 USD.
58. Absolutely all drivers agree that the worst road in the country is Trans-Amazonian highway. Its construction took place in the early 70's of the previous century. Nowadays, some parts of the highway resemble huge mud traps.
59. This part of the country has a very specific climate, and soils here are mostly sandy and tough, so building a good road is simply impossible. However, here drivers have no choice, so the highway is used mostly by trucks.
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