More often than not, it is the little things that determine whether your trip was a memorable one or a forgettable one. Irrespective of where you are in the world, being aware of the local driving laws can help you avoid un-wanted troubles. From the prescribed speed limits in highways to overtaking and lane-changing, we've compiled in this article all the major traffic rules and regulations that tourists visiting the UAE must know.
How to Hire a Car
If you are a tourist who is still making his/her plans to visit the country, the first thing you need to know when it comes to hiring a vehicle in the UAE is that it is relatively easy. At Quick Lease Car Rental, we extend our rent a car service to all tourists who hold a valid driving license in their home country. In terms of documentation, customers are only required to provide copies of their visa and passport, in addition to an international driving permit.
Do Not Overtake from the Right Side
Unlike countries like the UK and India, where overtaking from the left side is legal. The rule is completely reversed in the UAE. Do not overtake from the right side as it is considered a traffic violation, and you’ll be heavily penalized for the same.
Do Not Drive Below the Speed Limit
Apart from highways where there are designated fast lanes, there are certain roads within Dubai where you are required to keep a minimum speed. Pay attention to the on-road signs to avoid such troubles.
Say No Stickers
All cars within the UAE are required to place Salik Tags on their cars’ windshields. Salik is Dubai RTA’s innovative toll system that automatically deducts the required amount from your account when you pass a toll gate. However, placing any other sticker on your vehicle without prior permission is considered a severe offense.
Place Your Hands on the Steering Wheel
Whether you are driving in the UAE or any other part of the world, always keep both of your hands on the steering wheel unless you are shifting gears. Do not use your phone while driving (unless you have a hands-free kit) and be sure to sit comfortably. If an accident were to occur and the fault is found to be your recklessness, you are bound to be heavily fined for the same.
Do Not Drink & Drive
Another obvious one - do not drive while you are intoxicated. Not only is it a violation of the law, but in the UAE, it is considered a criminal offense.
One can easily find designated parking spaces spread across the country. Always opt to park in such spaces instead of other vacant plots. Not only does it provide your vehicle with better security, but it will also help you to stay away from any legal troubles.