Saudi Arabia's wealth means that it has an excellent infrastructure and its road system is no exception. Excellent roads link all of the country's major cities and tourist attractions.
Fuel is extremely inexpensive Saudi Arabia which obviously also adds to its appeal as a destination for a driving holiday. For example, petrol is usually priced at around one tenth of its price in the UK and at about one fifth of the USA price, although prices do fluctuate.
Hertz has around 10 branches in Saudi Arabia in Al Khobar, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. You'll find a Hertz car rental branch at King Fahad International Airport, Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport and at King Khaled Airport.
• Woman are permitted to ride bicycles and motorbikes but they are not allowed to drive cars in any part of the country.
• Seat belts must be worn at all times by all passengers and it is illegal to use your phone while at the wheel.
• Drive on the right and pass on the left. The speed limit is 45kph (28mph) in built-up areas and it varies between 80 – 120kph (50mph to 74mph) on motorways.
Saudi Arabia is a country that loves cars – there are four cars to every household and one of the most up and coming sports in the country is Tet'ees, or sand dune driving.
Tet'ees involves racing across Saudi Arabia's mountainous sand dunes using pickup trucks, 4x4s and all-terrain vehicles and the main aim is to finish the race without sinking in the sand. As well as being a great spectator sport, you can also have a go yourself with several companies throughout Saudi Arabia now running organised off-road experiences.
• Minimum car rental age: You need to be 23 or over to rent a car in Saudi Arabia.
• Average speed limits: Few locals will stick to the speed limits but the police do use unmarked cars and have recently introduced speed cameras. Despite what you see around you do make sure that adhere to the local limits. In built-up areas the limit is 45kph (28mph) whereas on the motorways the speed limit varies from 80 – 120kph (50mph to 74mph) so you will need to look out for signs.
Drive on the right and pass on the left but don't assume that everyone else will stick to this rule. Overtaking on the right is illegal in Saudi Arabia but still common so take care and remain aware.
Driving between cities is much more enjoyable than driving within the cities where it can be fairly hectic.
If you don't wish to drive in Saudi Arabia or are unable to (for example if you are female) Hertz also offers a Chauffeur-Drive service.
You must present a valid IDP (International Driving Permit) when you pick up your vehicle as well as your photo licence from your own country and your passport. You will need to have held your licence for more than a year to rent a car in Saudi Arabia.
Very few local people use child car seats in Saudi Arabia but they are available to hire from Hertz branches. The standard of driving in the country can be low so it's even more important than ever that you keep your children safe.
You may wish to use the European rules on child car seats as a guide and they are as follows:
• Children weighing up to 13kg should be in a rear facing baby seat or baby carrier with a harness.
• Children weighing between 9kg and 18kg should travel in a forward or rear facing seat with a safety shield or harness.
• Children weighing 15kg to 36kg should be in a forward facing child seat (booster cushion or high-backed booster) using a normal seat belt.