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Tips for Expats Driving in Lima

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Lima.

1. Understanding the Traffic

Driving in Lima can be quite challenging, especially for newcomers. The traffic is often heavy and chaotic, with drivers frequently ignoring traffic rules. It's not uncommon to see drivers running red lights, not using turn signals, or cutting across multiple lanes of traffic. Therefore, it's essential to be alert and cautious at all times.

2. Car Recommendation

Given the traffic conditions and the quality of some roads, a compact, sturdy vehicle is recommended. SUVs are popular among locals due to their versatility and ability to handle different road conditions. However, smaller cars can be more convenient for navigating through heavy traffic and finding parking.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Lima can be difficult, especially in busy areas. Most public parking spaces are metered, and the cost can add up quickly. Some areas also have private parking lots where you can pay for a spot. It's advisable to always park in a secure area, as car theft can be a problem.

4. Driving License

Foreigners can drive in Peru with an international driving permit for up to six months. After that, you will need to obtain a Peruvian driving license. To do this, you will need to pass a written test and a practical driving test. The tests are usually conducted in Spanish, so a good understanding of the language is necessary.

5. Insurance

It's important to have car insurance when driving in Lima. Not only is it required by law, but it can also provide financial protection in case of an accident. Make sure to understand the terms of your policy and what it covers.

6. Road Conditions

While main roads and highways in Lima are generally in good condition, some side streets can be poorly maintained. Be prepared for potholes and other road hazards. Also, be aware that traffic signs and signals may not always be clear or consistent.

7. Patience is Key

Perhaps the most important tip for driving in Lima is to be patient. Traffic can be frustrating, and it's easy to get stressed out. But remember, everyone else is in the same situation. Stay calm, be courteous to other drivers, and take your time.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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