Driving in Israel – general driving information - Find your way in Israel

Driving in Israel – general driving information

In Israel an automobile’s steering wheel is located on the left side of the car while driving is carried out on the right side of the road, just as in North America and many other parts of the world. The driving culture has been likened to that of Rome. Some drivers are impatient and seem to act without regard for the other commuters on the road. Signaling direction and lane changes are at a minimum while speeding and driving under the speed limit are rampant. Within cities such as Tel-Aviv the driving quality improves but the extremes can still be found. A tourist to Israel is advised to drive with caution as he or she would in any other place in the world.

To rent a car in Israel one must be between 21 and 75 years old and must have held a driver’s license for at least a year. Within cities the speed limit is 31mph (50kph). On major roads the limit is 49mph (80kph). The speed limit for highways is 62mph (100kph). Driving with seat belts is mandatory while talking on one’s cell phone is illegal.

The Israeli law requires kids who are shorter then 1.45 meters to use a baby seat or a booster seat at all times in a car.

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