When driving in Jordan, it is strongly advisable to do so defensively. Be aware of hazards, especially at night, as it’s not unusual to find a local driver not using their headlights. Make sure that you stick to the speed limits as the police enforce these firmly.
As most road signs are in both Arabic and English, you should not find traversing around this beautiful country too challenging.
Tips for driving in Jordan
Driving licence & ID
We recommend that you obtain an International Driving Permit for a trip to Jordan. Carry your passport on your person in the event that you are subjected to a police check.
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right. Overtaking on both sides is common. Right of way at junctions tends to be given to the vehicle traveling fastest.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 4 must be seated in the rear. Children must use a child restraint system suitable for their size and weight.
Blood alcohol limit
There is zero tolerance policy on drink driving in Jordan. No amount of alcohol found to be in the blood is legal.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.
Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials
A fire extinguisher and warning triangle must be carried in cars at all times.
On the spot fines
The Jordanian police can issue on the spot fines for speeding. Speeding is strictly enforced so keep to the limits.
Horns and headlights
Use your horn to alert vehicles and pedestrians to your presence.
Try not to drive into quiet rural areas after dark and avoid roads that are poorly lit.
Try to avoid hitting any people, animals or livestock. Under Jordanian law a driver is always considered guilty if they hit a pedestrian. If you are involved in such an incident, you could face imprisonment and be liable for the payment of hospital bills and other compensation.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown, you must put place the reflective triangle 30m behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. Call the supplier who will be able to advise you further. It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.