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One of the best ways to see Israel is by car, since it is a relatively small one thus making car rental a great option for tourists coming to Israel. So, let's cover some basic safety driving tips in Israel which will insure that your vacation is as pleasant as possible.
As in all countries, you need to have a valid foreign driver’s license although you do not need to have an international driver’s license. Unlike many foreign countries, your steering wheel in the car is on the left side and you drive on the right side of the road.
For the most part, the roads and freeways in Israel are in relatively good condition. There are only six major highways that transverse the country and only one toll road which is highway 6. The numbering of the road system is also uncomplicated and is as follows:
Even Numbered Roads: these will run north to south. The lower the number, the further south you are.
Odd Numbered Roads: these will run from east to west. The lower the number here, the closer you are to the western part of the country.
Most of the safety driving tips in Israel boil down to plain old common sense! No matter how tempted you may be, please do not use your cell phone while driving as this is illegal throughout the country.
If you take in the nightlife in any of the major cities and consume alcohol (always be careful and responsible, safety comes first), remember that driving while intoxicated is illegal and strictly enforced. If by chance you need to pull of the road for emergency reasons, you are required to put on a bright yellow safety vest that all major car rental companies supply and usually have stored in the glove box.
Just like in any country, there are times when traffic is extremely congested around the major cities. This usually occurs between the hours of 4pm and 7pm. So save yourself the frustration and plan accordingly.
One thing you do need to remember is that the Israeli driver has developed a reputation for being very impatient. In fact, it was the number one complaint among tourists visiting the country. One of the best safety driving tips in Israel is to be prepared to use your best defensive driving skills. So don't be afraid to gas up the car and see all the wonders that this marvelous country has to offer!