Road Rules

Right side driving

As in the U.S., but unlike the U.K., driving in Israel is on the right side of the road.

Right turns

No turn on red.

Left turn information

Many traffic lights have dedicated left turn signals; there is no oncoming traffic in such instances.

Traffic circles

Traffic inside the traffic circle has right of way; all entering traffic must yield.

Traffic lights

Israeli traffic lights start to blink before they begin to turn red and they flash yellow before turning green.

Parking rules

Parking meters or parking passes must be purchased for sidewalks marked with blue/white striping. Meters may be posted along the street, or there may be a central parking machine which accepts coins and prints out parking stickers for a specific length of time. There are also parking stickers which can be bought at post offices. Red/white striping indicate No Parking. Cars lacking proper parking passes do get towed or booted in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Avoid this situation by parking in unmarked areas or parking lots.

Safety devices

Seatbelts are required of driver and all passengers. Most rental cars have air bags. Infants and toddlers to age five must sit in designated car seats.

Car lights

From November to April headlights must be turned on.

Road system

The road system is constantly being upgraded, so that if you were here five years ago, you are in for a pleasant surprise this time around. Israel now has a high speed toll road, Rte 6, or the Trans-Israel Highway, marked as a light blue broken line on maps. Car license plates are read by information collection devices and bills are mailed to the address attached to the license plate. There is a popular option of enrolling as a subscriber for discounted fees. Rental car drivers will have toll fees + service fee deducted from the credit card left on file with the agency. Toll fees are based on the distance traveled on Rte 6. The road seriously cuts down on travel time, and congestion; we highly recommend it. Rte 6 is continuously being lengthened, so that ultimately it will connect Eilat (south) and Metulla (north).

Speed limits

Speed limits vary on different roads.

  • Rte 6, Trans-Israel Highway: 110 km per hour
  • Rte 1, highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: 100 km per hour
  • Other intercity routes: 90 km per hour
  • Urban routes: 50 km per hour

Road signsAyalon Highway Traffic Signs, Israel

Signs on major roads are in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Roads are numbered, so that if the signage is not in English, you can follow the route number. The signs pictured here, are used on the Ayalon Highway.

Military roadblocks

There are military roadblocks at sensitive points, and into the West Bank and Gaza. It is not possible to stray and mistakenly enter an Arab village in Palestinian controlled areas. You will be stopped at a roadblock.