Anything about driving in Argentina that's different to other countries? My reference point is that I live in Chile and am from the UK. I have also driven rentals in other countries, USA and Germany most commonly.
I am aware it's more chaotic and faster driving and more tailgating than some other countries, but I'm more looking for anything specific where I might put my foot in it by just doing what I normally would. What actual highway rules are different and what are the major dangers/annoyances/nuisances not also found in most countries? And any safety advice specific to Argentina, specific scams or crime issues.
Couple of things I found googling around:
Right turns on red NOT allowed according to one site – is that in all cases or just some? But if I get beeped at for not doing it and it looks clear, maybe I'll go?
A couple of articles said no left turn unless signposted on major roads. Is this for most major roads in cities/urban areas, and very different to other countries? Or is it really just for highways so not that different to other countries?
I'll be driving from Chile via Paso Los Libertadores and visiting Uspallata and Mendoza. Not going anywhere near Buenos Aires and probably wouldn't drive if I was!
Any thoughts on centre of Mendoza for ease/comfort of driving/parking? I'll actually be staying in the area Lujan de Cuyo in the south of Mendoza so could in theory completely avoid driving in the city centre. Will ask the hotel for advice on that as well.
Parking - do people come up and ask for change to guard the car? Will they tend to really watch it, or is more of a protection racket - do cars really get damaged if you don't pay? I suppose I could avoid this issue by parking in an official/private car park that charges. Is this irritation just in cities or is it all over, even in rural areas?
I did find this article but it's more about roundabouts:
When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
• signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
• keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave.
When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
• signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
• keep to the right on…