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Driving in Venezuela is on the right-hand side of the road. Driving in Venezuela is not for the faint-hearted: variable road conditions and typically aggressive driving means that it is only recommended for experienced drivers to rent a car in Venezuela. It is also important to be aware of some local rules—for example, pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing the road, so other cars may not stop or even slow down.
To rent a car in Venezuela, drivers need to be at least 21 years of age, and they must have had a domestic driver’s license for at least one year. It is not necessary to provide an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), but a valid domestic license printed in the Roman alphabet will be required, along with a passport. On-the-spot ID checks are common when traveling in Venezuela, so make sure to always have these and your rental documents with you.
Petrol stations in Venezuela are commonly operational from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and most are serviced. Keep in mind that attendants usually expect a small tip for filling the car. Fuel prices in Venezuela are the cheapest in the world, with a liter of petrol costing around 50 VEF (0.008 USD—less than a penny), which is 0.03 USD a gallon.
Speed limits in Venezuela may seem to be ignored by local drivers, but fixed and mobile cameras do operate, and drivers caught transgressing can expect to face a hefty and lengthy fining process. The general limits are 60 km/h (37 mph) in urban areas, 80 km/h (50 mph) on rural roads, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on highways.