Here’s what you should not do while renting a car in Dubai and driving it, and how to deal with some situations.

Driving in Dubai can seem like a daunting task if you’re not used to highways and big roads.

It must be number one to keep quiet at all times through the wrong driving of others. “It’s easier said than done.”

Here are our top tips on driving in Dubai when you rent a car and what to expect on the roads -the good, bad and ugly- and how to keep quiet and safe while driving in Dubai and not doing some things.

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01- Avoid Driving Close to the Cars That Are Being Driven on the Road in Front of You

Doing this not only puts you at risk of hitting the vehicle in front of you in the event of a sudden stop, but it may also result in a fine of 400 AED and the addition of 4 black points in your driver’s license record.

Therefore: Remember that it is illegal not to leave space between cars in Dubai, so be sure to do so.

02- Seeing

Cars with very dark windows will get very poor surrounding visibility at night, so be sure to allow it. Many cars don’t put their headlights on as drivers think if they can see the road they don’t need – they don’t realize that the lights are too so other drivers can see them!

So: always use your headlights. Do not turn them off, and beware of people who drive without headlights too.

03- Speeding

Speeding is one of the most serious violations on the roads in the UAE. The new rules have imposed a fine of 3,000 dirhams for exceeding the speed limit, by more than 80 kilometers per hour, with 23 traffic points recorded, and the light vehicle will be impounded for 60 days.

04- Trucks

Don’t approach the trucks, stay away from them as much as possible. They don’t stop too fast and can’t see you if you’re in front of them or right next to them. Drivers are often very tired and travel long distances across the Gulf. There are a lot of trucks whose tires suddenly explode so be careful and don’t be close to them.

05- Hand Gestures

Many hand gestures in the UAE are very offensive and punishable by fines or imprisonment. Never give a finger, Vs, point, or anything that can be misunderstood in any way. The same applies to the right as well.

06- Avoid Cruising Downhill in Neutral

You might think that by cruising downhill in neutral you’re conserving fuel and thus, being kinder to your car. You’d be wrong! That’s because the engine is still idling and you’re expending as much fuel as if you were idling on a straight stretch of road. By putting your car in neutral, you’re also less likely to respond as quickly to any sudden incidents up ahead.

So, avoid cruising downhill in neutral.

07- Reckless Driving that May Endanger the Lives of Others

This type of driving can cause the owner to be involved in a traffic accident and often having a fine of 2,000 dirhams, plus 23 black points in the driving license record and the car will be impounded for 60 days.

08- Running the red light

If you run the red right while driving on one of Dubai streets, you will be liable to a fine of 1,000 AED, 12 black points registered in the driver’s license. If a red light is run in vital areas of Dubai and causes a car accident, the fine could be up to 30,000 dirhams and could include a prison sentence if the accident causes serious human or material losses.

09- Checking the Mobile Phone While Driving

This can happen from time to time in Dubai during the traffic jam of prime time, and traffic stops may happen for periods ranging from 20 minutes to an hour and a half. But this is not a reason to be busy checking your mobile phone instead of focusing on driving. Doing so may cause you to get a fine of 800 AED plus 4 black points in the driver’s license record.

10- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most important prohibitions of driving in Dubai and the violation of this leads to a fine of 20,000 AED in addition to putting 23 black points in the driver’s license record, and the car will be impounded for 60 days, and may even get a prison sentence.

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