Uruguay Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Uruguay
You should be able to rent a car using your home country’s licence but an International Driving Permit is also recommended. Dipped headlights should be used even when driving in daylight.In general, main roads are in good condition and are well lit and signposted such as the toll roads from Montevideo to Punta del Este and Colonia . Standards of smaller roads will vary, though most are sealed but may not be in the best state of repair away from major towns. Driving standards are variable, though in comparison to other South American countries are pretty good. You should still expect some drivers to ignore basic road rules and undertake risky overtaking manoeuvres. The number of accidents tends to increase around holiday times- Carnaval (mid-to-late February), December to March summer holidays and Easter Week . This is particularly true on Route 1, which runs between Montevideo and Colonia or Punta del Este, and Route 2, between Rosario and Fray Bentos. You should exercise caution if driving at these times and expect there to be more cars on the roads than at other times.
This website provides useful route planning info for all countries in South America including Uruguay.
This is a local car rental broker site-
Uruguay Self Drive Rules
None of the companies seem to allow vehicles to be taken out of Uruguay but one way rentals within the country should be possible.