The general road traffic rules:
- Driving is on the right side and overtaking on the left side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18; for rent a car – 21.
- In Argentina, most of the roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads.
- Seatbelts are mandatory for a driver and all passengers.
- It is mandatory to drive outside urban areas with headlights switched on during the day/
- Children under 10 years old must always sit in the back seats of the car.
- The speed limits are: on highways – 120 km/h; on suburban roads – 80 km/h; in urban areas – 60 km/h; in residential areas – 40 km/h.
- The legal blood-alcohol level is 0.05%; for drivers of motorcycles or scooters – 0.02%; for bus and truck drivers – 0%.
- As a rule, the left turn is not permitted even at traffic lights.
- Cell phones may only be used with a hands-free system.
- It is mandatory for all cars in Argentina to have Civil Liability or third party insurance.
- While driving, foreign drivers should have their original driving permits, International driver licenses, passport, some proof of insurance, vehicle ownership or rental papers.
- It is required to have in the car: two safety triangles with reflecting surfaces, first aid kit, fire extinguisher inside the vehicle
- The main highways in Argentina are toll roads.
- The police phone number is 101.
- On avenues with two-way traffic, parking is generally not permitted along both sidewalks weekdays from 7 to 21 hours except that the traffic signals indicate otherwise.
- On avenues with one-way traffic, parking is generally not permitted prohibited at the left curb weekdays from 7 to 21 hours except that the traffic signals indicate otherwise. It is permitted
- to park right next to the sidewalk every except that the traffic signals indicate otherwise.
- On streets with one-way traffic, parking is general not permitted at the left curb every day for 24 hours,
- except there are traffic signals that indicate otherwise. It is permitted to park right next to the sidewalk every day for 24 hours, except that the traffic signals indicate otherwise.
- On the streets with two-way traffic, it is permitted to park right at the curb every day for 24 hours, except that the traffic signals indicate otherwise.
- On line marked yellow and handicapped ramp, parking is prohibited daily for 24 hours
At police checkpoints, police may stop any car to check driving documents – driving permit, International driving permit
– car insurance and registration papers. When drivers approach a checkpoint, they should drive slowly.
In the case of accident, don’t move your car and call to police. Know insurance information and addresses with the other driver. If you have a camera, take pictures of the accident. Don't argue with the police. You should give a copy of the police report to your insurance company.
Foreign visitors may drive in Argentina with their International driving permits.
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