Driving in Dubai: Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Self-Drive Experience

Dubai boasts one of the most impressive road infrastructures globally, making driving within the city truly exhilarating. One of the best ways to explore this vibrant city is to rent a car and drive around at your own pace. Self-drive car rental Dubai is a popular option for visitors, as it allows you to discover the city at your leisure. However, it would help if you kept a few things in mind before getting behind the wheel.

Below, we will share some tips and tricks for a smooth self-drive experience in Dubai. We will cover everything from getting an international driving license to understanding the local traffic laws to finding the best car rental deals.

1. Speed Regulations

Drive cautiously and stick to speed limits in kilometres per hour (km/h). Maintain speeds of 100-120 km/h (60-70 mph) on highways, 60-80 km/h (40-50 mph) on urban roads, and 40 km/h (25 mph) on suburban streets. If a vehicle is speeding, consider pulling over to allow safe passing.

2. Efficient Manoeuvring

Overtake from the left, as Dubai follows right-side driving. Always check your mirrors and use indicators before changing lanes. Respect right turns on red lights only when a yield sign permits it. Use dedicated turning lanes and avoid U-turns in inappropriate areas.

3. Correct Way to Give Way

Yield to pedestrians at crossings, give way to vehicles on major roads at T-junctions, allow vehicles entering the road from parking, yield to cars on major roads when approaching from minor roads, stop for school buses with flashing lights, and grant the right of way to emergency vehicles and military convoys.

4. License Requirements

Foreign drivers need an international driving permit, passport, and home country license. Carrying vehicle registration, insurance, and ID is advisable. The minimum driving age is 18, but rental car companies may have higher age limits.

5. Emergency Contacts

In emergencies, dial 999 or 112 for police, ambulance, or fire. The DCAS SOS app can also provide emergency ambulance services and pinpoint your location.

6) Know the Tolls

Several roads in Dubai have tolls, including Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge, Beirut Street, and Al Ittihad Street. To pay these tolls, you must register with Salik and affix the Salik tag to your windshield, which is scanned at toll gates for automatic fee deduction, available at gas stations.

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