DRIVING RULES and Royal Oman Police
- Driving is on the right side of the road
- Speed limits are enforced. There are many radars plus cars start beeping over 120 km/h. Speed limits are clearly indicated. However you will always have local overtaking you at high speed. Just let them go and enjoy the scenery.
- Be respectful in any case, to not make any gesture even if the other driver is behaving dangerously
- Do not drink - Zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol
- Do not use your cell phone while driving - on-the-spot fines apply (but like everywhere people still do it...)
Road and Traffic signs in Oman
- Roads are modern and in really good conditions between main cities
- Streets are paved and in reasonably good conditions in cities
- One difficulty is when you miss the exit, then it can sometimes be a pain and a long time until you can tun around. (I had a 30 min detour because of a missed exit...)
Points of interest and towns are clearly indicated on road signs:
Traffic signs are typical, nothing fancy.Speed is measured in km/h, and signs are according to the ISO (European) system. The figures are dual language with Arabic numbers at the top within the same sign.
Also note that there are speed reducers absolutely everywhere in towns and main roads, before crossing, turns, wadi river beds etc... Don't forget to slow down, it gets uncomfortable otherwise.
Stopped by the Royal Oman Police
There are often checkpoints with the Royal Omani Police. Just present your passport, driver license and insurance documents. Be respectful and all is fine.
They may check what you have in the car as it is not allowed to carry alcohol without a specific license.
I encountered them twice during my 10 days. No issue.
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