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42. Even classic traffic lights work here in a special way – their main purpose is to optimize traffic. If a driver makes a left turn at the green signal, he will never have to wait for the oncoming vehicle to pass - here such crossroads planning is simply unacceptable.
43. The time of the traffic light signal here is also quite long. It is not 20 - 30 seconds, as in most countries, but 2 - 3 minutes. Therefore, more cars will pass the crossroads during this longer period. That is a definite advantage in the list of merits of local roads.
44. The system of separation of cars moving in the same direction is also well made. If cars want to leave the main highway, they usually have at least two special lanes for that purpose. On smaller roads there is usually one lane for cars that want to make a turn or move to another road.
45. It is also worth noting that there is no road narrowing at highway exits. That means if there are two lanes for leaving the highway, the exit will be just as broad. It should be noted that in many countries such exits from main roads often become the reason for endless traffic jams. Drivers in the UAE simply do not know about such a problem.
46. The places, where roads merge, usually have well-organized road markings. At such sites, dividing lanes are marked with cones or special columns that are securely fixed. In some merging sites concrete barriers are used instead of dividing markings. This fact minimizes the risk of passing difficult parts of the road.
47. There is a strict minimum speed limit on the highways in the UAE, which is 60 km/h. Driving with the speed slower than the indicated one is also considered a serious violation, not to mention the fact that slow drivers irritate other drivers on the road.

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If you need a car with an automatic transmission, it is recommended to book it in advance. Cars with automatic transmissions are often sparse in Emirates, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Emirates, we recommend to take into consideration some practical apects. If you are going to drive mostly in the cities, then a car of a small size is preferable, while for long distance trips (and trips in the mountains) we recommend to choose a larger and more powerful car.

Prior your car retrun, please clean the salon from a garbage, and do not forget to take away all your belongings from the passenger compartment.

At the car return time, please ask the officer to make a visual inspection of the vehicle for defects and to sign the acceptance report. Keep the invoice and the acceptance report for next few months.

For a car rental options in Emirates, we advise you to check actual offers in the orange search form at the top. We guarantee that you would not be able to find better rates anywhere else!
48. If the cars behind you start honking and flashing with high beams, this means they ask you to give way. Experienced motorists recommend driving the way other cars do, avoiding serious speeding. Thanks to skills and experience of local drivers, it is usually not difficult to drive in the UAE. Simply watch other cars carefully and follow their driving pattern.
49. As a rule, multi-level interchanges remain the main problem for inexperienced motorists in the UAE. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what way to move and even navigator is almost helpless. Given that the speed of driving is high, drivers have almost no time to think. Sometimes you will need several attempts to get to the right exit.
50. If you have a GPS navigator in the car, it is better to look at it, and not to listen. The road map displayed on the navigator’s screen will help you navigate through numerous junctions and exits, while “voice guidance” is not always efficient.
51. The fact that all roads in the country are numbered makes driving even simpler. Even small dirt roads have a unique number. While driving, you should always check the signs along the road. That will surely help you.
52. Drivers, who fight for the discipline on local roads, often place a bright yellow sticker with the words «Am I driving safely?» and a phone number on the rear window of their vehicles. Therefore, if the driver violates one of the rules, anyone who sees that can call the number indicated on the sticker and report the violation.
53. It is important to mention that these stickers are placed by car owners themselves, because many local drivers are concerned about order and safety on the road. The phone number indicated on such stickers is not always a police number. This can be the phone number of the company, to which the car belongs, or an email.
54. Some drivers may be confused by the fact that there are often two road signs on highways with two different speed limits - 120 km/h and 140 km/h. This means the following: 120 km/h is the maximum speed on the highway, and 140 km/h is the maximum allowed speed in the country.
55. Some roads are not free. Enters to toll roads are always marked with big arches, which are known among locals as “Salik”. In order to pass such an arch, you need to pay 4 - 5 dirhams.
56. When there is a need to use toll highways, local drivers use the so-called Salik cards. These are usual plastic cards with a certain amount of money on account. Each time you cross the arch, the toll is deducted from the card’s account. Foreign drivers, who do not have this card, can use a credit card to pay for using the road.
57. Note that if you cross the second arch in less than 30 minutes after the first one, the payment is not deducted from the account. It is permitted to withdraw up to 25 dirhams a day from one driver, no matter how many toll roads he uses.
58. It is important to mention that in the United Arab Emirates the government cares not only about drivers, but also about pedestrians. The majority of crossroads are paved with special tiles with embossed surface that helps blind pedestrians to identify the location of the “zebra crossing”.
59. If you see a large and bright road sign, equipped with, among other things, bright yellow lights, that means that the information on that sigh is extremely important to drivers.
60. If you get lost in the city, and you have no map or a navigator, do not worry. Simply find the nearest public transport stop – there is always a detailed map of the city with labeled road numbers. Quite an interesting fact - many bus stops are air conditioned.
61. Sheikh Zayed Road is known as the main highway of the country. The road starts in Sharjah, runs down the center of Dubai across the capital, and ends at the border with Saudi Arabia. The section of the highway that is located in the center of Dubai has seven lanes in each direction. The speed limit on this part of the road is 80 km/h.
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