Driving in Argentina usually involves long distances and, apart from the main highways, roads are generally in poor condition. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum age for unsupervised driving is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, up to 100kph (62mph) on other non-urban roads and 20 to 60kph (12 to 37mph) in built-up areas.
Regulations, signs and conduct are similar to those in the USA or Europe, although drivers can be impatient and have little regard for lanes or the wearing of seat belts. Checkpoints exist to prevent meat, vegetables and other food products entering into Mendoza, San Juan, Patagonia, Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán.
Insurance that covers third-party liability is required by law. An international driving licence is rarely requested by car hire companies or police; your licence from home will suffice, although it is a good idea to get it officially translated.
The main motoring organisation is Automóvil Club Argentino (tel: +54 800 888 3777; www.aca.com.ar).