Driving in Kuwait is one of the best ways to traverse the dessert landscape — and to keep yourself comfortable and out of the heat as you travel. Hertz Car Rental in Kuwait gives you the opportunity to hire your ideal car for business or pleasure, making driving in the country convenient and great value.
Hertz has several branches in Kuwait at the airport and close to the country’s luxury hotels and residences, making it easy to hire a car when you need it.
As with most countries Kuwait has strict rules and regulations when it comes to driving. Breaking these rules is punishable by a jail term and/or a steep fine, depending on the severity of the traffic offence. Key rules to be aware of when driving in Kuwait are:
• Always drive on the right-hand side of the road.
• It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in Kuwait unless you use a hands-free kit.
• Seat belts are mandatory for both the driver and all passengers in a vehicle and children under 10 must be seated in the back seat.
• Speed limits vary depending on the type of road you are traveling on. A general rule is 100-120km/h on motorways and expressways, 80-120km/h on single carriage routes and 60-80km/h in built-up areas, but you should always be aware of local signage advising you of speed limit changes.
• It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident until the police have arrived.
• It is illegal to park in places where the kerb is painted black and yellow.
• Making a right turn on a red light is not allowed unless there is a special lane provided.
• As alcohol is not permitted in Kuwait at all, drink-driving is considered an extremely serious offense with severe penalties.
The people of Kuwait love their cars and this couldn’t be more evident than in the Historical, Vintage & Classic Car Museum of Kuwait, which was helped into being by the passion of Sheikh Nasser Al-Muhammed in 2010. It’s a car lover’s paradise with some of the most beautiful vehicles every produced on display.
Kuwait is also home to some truly stunning routes that show off the best of the country. Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah Road takes you along Kuwait Bay and through the scenic Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve, while Al Blajat Street in Kuwait City really shows off the beach and the Persian Gulf. Alternatively, take one of the highways out of the city and find yourself traveling through sublimely beautiful desert vistas.
• Minimum car rental age: The minimum car rental age in Kuwait is 25 years for all vehicle groups except for the following vehicles which can be rented from 21 years old:
• Economy 4-5 Door (A): Hyundai Accent or similar
• Intermediate 4-5 Door (C): Toyota Corolla or similar
• Standard 4-5 Door (D): Toyota Camry or similar
• Full size 4-5 Door (E): Hyundai Azera or similar
• Average speed limits: The average speed limit in Kuwait is 60-80km/h in towns and built-up areas, and 100-120km/h on motorways and expressways.
• Toll roads and costs: Currently there are no toll roads in Kuwait.
Renting a car in Kuwait requires the following documents:
• Residents of Kuwait: In addition to their driver’s license, Kuwait residents are required to show their Civil Identification Number Card or their passport showing their residency stamp.
• Non-residents of Kuwait must bring original copies of their passport, driving license from their country of origin, visa and International Driving Permit (IDP).
• All customers (except citizens of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) must have a driving license insurance policy. These are available for an additional charge of KWD 12.50 for 1 month, KWD 17.50 for 2 months or KWD 19.50 for 3 months.
• Customers with driving licenses issued by the People’s Republic of China must also have an official Hertz Certification Form issued by Hertz China on Hertz notepaper with a Hertz China Corporate Seal.
• Customers with driving licenses issued in Vietnam must present their original license along with an authorized translation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport.
• Refueling at petrol stations: Petrol stations in Kuwait are generally open until late. Some stations on major highways are open 24 hours.
• Travelling with children: The use of child seats in Kuwait is not mandatory but it is highly recommended. Hertz can offer both rear and forward-facing car seats to those travelling with children for an additional fee of KWD 3.00 per day. Children under 10 are not allowed to travel in the front passenger seat.