Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Israel?
Driving is on the right with overtaking on the left. Most of the rules are the same as you would expect in Western Europe. Despite being common in other countries, turning right or left at a red light is illegal. Remember that nothing happens in Israel from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown which is the Sabbath, so it is a good idea to have a car if you want to get around. Normally roads which go south-north have even numbers and roads which go west-east have odd numbers. Israel has a bad record for traffic accidents and so you are advised to drive cautiously, especially on the desert roads where there is no barrier between oncoming lanes. Congestion in Tel Aviv
can be a problem during rush hours so allow extra time.
Beware of Bad Driving in Israel;