"The use of a cell phone while driving may compromise road safety, and is punishable by law"
Driving precautions are a sure way of making your road trips safer. PSP Traffic Division (Portuguese Public Safety Police) advice the following:
Before you go
- Accommodate your luggage properly. A cargo barely stowed can affect the car's stability, lowering your road safety..
- Remember, Physical/mental fatigue, heavy meals, medicinal products, alcoholic beverages, among other factors, can impact your driving Skills.
- Make sure you plan your route before your journey. Whenever possible, try to choose roads with less traffic and avoid rush hours.
- Respect Traffic Laws and be caution. Do not drink. Driving under the influence of alcohol will increase risk and is punishable by Portuguese Law.
- Adjust your vehicle speed to the road and traffic conditions. Excessive speed is one of the main traffic accidents causes in Portugal.
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
- Before passing another vehicle, be sure it is safe to do so.
- Avoid dangerous maneuvers. Be reasonable and drive safely.
- If your vehicle breaks down, go to the side of the road and use the hazard lights. Don’t forget to put your reflective vest and place your warning triangle at least 30 meters behind your vehicle.
- Always be extra careful when travelling with children. Children under 12 yeas old must travel in the back seats, buckled to a special child safety seat.
- Eat lightly and make stops at least two in two hours.
- Using cell phone while driving is dangerous and is punishable by Portuguese law.
- Respect the traffic signals, lights and crosswalks.