Here are some tips and ideas about driving in Israel <for UK drivers>

  • Driver on left hand side of the car
  • Drive right hand side of the road
  • Cars have a security code device you must enable before driving. Remember the code!
  • Traffic lights - Beware - just because your light is green doesn't mean no pedestrians. A right hand turn on a green may also have pedestrians crossing for which you must give way

Lanes - there are some special lanes to watch out for (some for taxis/min occupation/buses) avoid unless you've paid for them or want a fine.

Toll roads -route 6 and the Carmel Tunnels. If in a hire car you will pay an extra charge for accessing these on top of the toll. Avoid if you're not happy to pay.

Horns are used regularly. They indicate displeasure at your lack of speed in most cases! Don't take it personally.

Signs- The main route signs are in Hebrew/Arabic/English.  The white hand in a red circle means STOP! Roundabouts always have a sign reminding you which way round to go. People on the roundabout have priority.

Speeds - Route 6 =110kmh

The speed limit is 50km in town, 80kmh on unseparated out of town roads and 90kmh if the road is separated. Very few highways are 100kmh.

U-turns - these are OK as long as there is not a  no U-turn sign (this will be different for you if you are a UK driver) it can be quite handy, especially if you realise you're going the wrong way!

Indicators - the use of an indicator in Israel seems optional. This is particularly hazardourous at a roundabout when you don't know which exit a car will take. Exercise caution even if someone is beeping behind you.

Maps - recommended maps from Tripadvisor experts are Mappa and Carta, to be found in any Steimatsky bookshop around the country

Traffic lights - there is a green flashing stage which means it will turn red soon. Nice warning as there are many traffic lights on roads which you can cruise along at a fairly high speed.

If here in the summer AC is a must. In summer don't leave anything in the car.

GPS - controversial but particularly useful for lone drivers. If you have an iPad, get an Israeli SIM for iPad and use either Waze for spoken directions or the basic maps APP for Google maps to track your journey.

Car hire - whilst people here on Tripadvisor recommend you don't leave it to the last minute to book, whatever time you book it, always book online via an agent, never walk into a bureau and ask for a car if you can help it. In summer you could pay £100 for 5 days online (it's not unheard of to be asked to pay this amount for 2 days in the rental office).

Some cars have an AUX and a USB input. Not sure if this is standard but good for iPod/iPad/mp3 etc

Insurance -Be aware these often don't cover windscreen/wheel/undercarriage damage.

Buy Excess insurance - to protect you from high excess costs in case of an accident. Again buy online in advance. Much cheaper than at the rental office.

Opening your boot (back storage) - in some places i.e parking for malls you have to stop at a security point before you park. They may ask you to open your boot. Work out how you do this BEFORE you arrive to the mall otherwise you will have lots of BEEPs behind you!

Filling up with petrol/gas - you can find full service and self service. If you do it yourself, make sure you put in the correct type. It is usually indicated on the flap. There are lots of stations around the country so it's not difficult to find when needed.

Israel uses international signs in which you should be familiar with from Europe. No turning on red (common in the USA).

Left lanes are for passing unless there is heavy traffic. 

Parking only where white/blue for a fee. Red/white no parking allowed ever. Some parking spots on pavement are clearly marked by a white line.