How To Safely Drive a Rental Bentley in Dubai

Check the Car Before Starting

Before you rent a Bentley, start by ensuring all necessary documents like registration, insurance, and emergency contact numbers are present in the car. Conduct an exterior check by walking around the vehicle to inspect for visible damage and take pictures, if necessary, for reference.

Check the condition of the tires for any cuts or bulges. Likewise, you must check whether the tires are properly inflated. Verify the oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid levels. Make sure all lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and indicators are functioning properly.

Test the brakes by pressing the pedal when the car is stationary; it should not feel too soft or hard. Given Dubai’s hot climate, ensuring the air conditioning is working properly is crucial. Also, check the seats, seat belts, mirrors, and cleanliness of the interior. Test the infotainment system, GPS, power windows, and other electronic features. Moreover, start the engine and listen for any unusual noises.

Follow Traffic Rules

You must follow the traffic rules because this helps prevent accidents, maintain smooth traffic flow, and create a respectful driving environment. Adherence to regulations also avoids penalties and fines strictly enforced in Dubai. Here are a few things to consider when driving a rental Bentley in Dubai.

Salik Toll Gates

How To Safely Drive a Rental Bentley in Dubai

Dubai has toll gates known as “Salik”. Ensure your rental Bentley is registered for automatic toll deduction. For example, there are Salik gates on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Garhoud Bridge.

Pedestrian Rights

Pedestrians have the right of way at designated pedestrian crossings. You will find these in busy areas like Dubai Mall or JBR Walk. In addition, I recommend driving with less traffic and not on busy roads like Sheikh Zayed Road.

Ramadan Hours

During Ramadan, traffic patterns change, with busy times often occurring at night after Iftar. Roads around popular Iftar spots like Bur Dubai can get particularly busy. Instead, you could start with a peaceful drive along the Jumeirah Beach Road, enjoying the stunning coastline views. In addition, the Dubai Marina, beautifully lit at night, is another great place for a drive.

School Zones

How To Safely Drive a Rental Bentley in Dubai

Be extra cautious around school zones. Speed limits are often reduced, and pedestrian activity increases. Areas like Al Safa, where many schools are located, require extra attention. Always slow down, as school zones usually have a lower speed limit during school hours. Stay alert, as children can be unpredictable and may make sudden movements.

Moreover, avoid passing other vehicles in a school zone as they might be stopped to allow children to cross the road. Always follow the instructions of school crossing guards or traffic controllers. Keep distractions to a minimum, avoiding the use of your phone.

Highway Numbers and Fuel Stations

Highways in Dubai are numbered (E11, E311, etc.). Familiarize yourself with these numbers for easier navigation. For example, E11 is the number for Sheikh Zayed Road. Unlike some countries, in Dubai, an attendant will fill the fuel for you. Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated. ENOC and EPPCO stations are commonly found throughout the city.

Use GPS For Navigation

GPS can provide real-time traffic updates, suggest the fastest routes, and guide you to your destination step by step. Before you start your journey, input your destination into the GPS. So, this allows you to review the route and make any necessary adjustments.

While driving, follow the audio instructions to keep your eyes on the road. If you miss a turn, the GPS will automatically re-adjust and remeasure the route. Consider the following to drive a rental Bentley safely and securely in Dubai.

  • Update Maps: Ensure your GPS maps are up-to-date.
  • Screen Brightness: Adjust the screen brightness for clear visibility.
  • Voice Guidance: Use voice guidance to avoid looking at the screen.
  • Points of Interest: Use the GPS to find points of interest.
  • Traffic Alerts: Enable traffic alerts to avoid congestion.

Stay Within Speed Limits

Staying within speed limits is a legal requirement. In Dubai, speed limits are strictly enforced, and exceeding them can result in hefty fines. The speed limit on most city roads is 60 km/h, while on highways, it’s typically 100-120 km/h.

However, these can vary, so it’s important to focus on the posted speed limit signs. But keep your eyes open and focus more on the road. If your Bentley has a cruise control feature, use it to maintain a steady speed and prevent unintentional speeding.

Keep a Safe Distance From Other Vehicles

How To Safely Drive a Rental Bentley in Dubai

The general rule is the “three-second rule”, which means there should be at least three seconds of travel time between you and the vehicle in front. In a Bentley, with its powerful acceleration, maintaining this distance becomes even more important. In adverse weather conditions or heavy traffic, consider increasing this distance for added safety. Make sure you:

  • Keep an eye on the traffic ahead, not just the car in front.
  • Increase the distance as your speed goes up.
  • In rain or fog, increase the distance to compensate for reduced visibility and longer stopping distances.
  • At night, adjust your following distance to account for reduced visibility.
  • Keep a larger distance when following big vehicles like trucks or buses.
  • Use Indicators When Changing Lanes

Park in Designated Areas

Designated parking areas are marked and regulated to ensure smooth traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Parking in non-designated areas can lead to fines and inconvenience to others. Always look for parking signs and follow the instructions.

In many areas in Dubai, parking is paid, so ensure you pay the correct fee to avoid fines. Also, remember to park your car properly within the lines to avoid obstructing other vehicles. Using a parking aid or camera in your Bentley can assist in parking accurately.

Never Drink and Drive

Drinking and driving is a dangerous combination that can lead to severe consequences. Alcohol messes up your ability to drive, increasing the risk of an accident. In Dubai, there is a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving. It means even a small amount of alcohol can result in severe penalties, including fines, imprisonment, or both.

When driving a luxury car like a Bentley, it’s even more important to ensure your full attention is on the road. If you have consumed alcohol, consider alternatives like taking a taxi or assigning a designated driver.

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