1. Madeira’s very hilly, so make sure you’re comfortable with the clutch, or hire an automatic, as there’ll be lots of steep drives.
2. Unlike in the UK, where you can drive to the other side of the road if you spot a parking space, street parking needs to be in the same direction of travel in Madeira.
3. Prepare in advance for toll roads: many of them don’t have booths, so you’ll need to obtain an e-payment device or pay at a post office later. You can usually hire this device when you pick up your rental car.