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Driving in Chile
 
 
 

Chile generally has good roads. The Pan American Highway threads right down most of the country from north to south from the Peruvian border to Puerto Montt. It is advisable in remoter areas to carry plenty of water, spare petrol and an additional spare tyre; tires should be hard-wearing. Four-wheel drives are necessary In some of the more remote areas with dirt roads.

Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and passenger. Smoking, using a mobile phone or a personal music player with headphones is prohibited for the driver. The maximum legal speed limit, unless otherwise stated, is 120 kph (75 mph) on highways and 70 kph (45 mph) in urban areas.

All traffic signs are in Spanish only and their shapes and colours can be very different from the US or European standards. All corners are supposed to have traffic signs, and in Santiago and most major cities, actually all corners are regulated by traffic signs. If there aren't any visible traffic signs, the preference belongs to the vehicle approaching from your right hand. All traffic signals and traffic lights are mandatory all of the time, there are no after-midnight concessions, such as yielding at stop signs or red lights.

Driving in Chile is not difficult. As in the United States, you drive on the right hand side of the road. Chilean drivers are not the best in the world but they generally obey the rules. Foreigners must have an International Driver's Permit until they obtain residency when they must apply for a local licence and undertake a multiple choice exam (translators are usually allowed).

Driving in Chile is cheaper than in Europe but more expensive than in the USA (fuel, insurance, road tax etc).

 

 
 


 



 


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