Of course, having your own driver and 4×4 vehicle is by far the most relaxing and comfortable proposition to navigating the open roads and desert here. I endorse it, but I myself enjoy driving. What I find challenging is trying to concentrate on the road and enjoying the magnificent scenery simultaneously – well, it’s difficult – and evidently the driver can’t relax and enjoy the views as his/her passengers can. Concentration is key to driving here!
Self-driving is an adventure for those of us who like getting behind the wheel. However, it pays to bear the following tips in mind when driving in Morocco, as ‘adventure’ is at times an under-statement –
1. Obey the speed limit, there are often hidden radar speed traps when you least expect them;
2. Assume the vehicle in front hasn’t seen you – mirrors aren’t often used;
3. When over-taking (and also referring to point 2 above), beware mopeds/cyclists/pedestrians/animals in the opposite side of the road;
4. Don’t pick up hitchhikers or scam artists – the scam artist will try to stop you near a seemingly broken down vehicle. Keep driving;
5. Don’t under-estimate how tiring the journey will be and indeed how long it will take – e.g. 270km on narrow winding mountain roads, potholes, semi-piste/missing tarmac and with other drivers to contend with is tiring. Make frequent stops;
6. Don’t drive at night – aside from the uneven road surfaces and narrow lanes to deal with, pedestrians/vehicles without lights may suddenly appear in your path without regard for passing traffic;
7. Don’t let the petrol gauge dip too low – the nearest filling station may be 70km away;
8. Check your tyres before setting off (and including the spare);
9. Use the car horn freely;
10. Having read points 1-9 above, don’t rule out the possibility to book a driver and new model Toyota via us – it works out comparatively good value compared to rental of your own 4×4 vehicle (after all, we include all fuel costs and a rental firm doesn’t).
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