1. Driving from Lisbon Airport takes you onto one of the busiest roundabouts in Portugal. It’s unavoidable. So get to know your car before you head off and always plan a route in advance. Should you get lost, don’t panic. Zone out the impatient locals, cut your speed and remember: it’s a roundabout, just keep going round till you get it right.
2. If you’re boldly taking on Lisbon’s historic centre in a car, drive as slowly as you can. Signposting runs from vague to non-existent, most roads are one-way, native drivers sound their horns incessantly and cutting in without signalling is a national sport.
3. In Lisbon, trams take priority. If one stops in front of you to let passengers off, don’t overtake. It’s illegal and carries an on-the-spot fine. Out in the country, you won’t find trams, but horse-drawn carts aren’t unusual and, once again, they have priority.