Self-driving in Morocco

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 and love nothing more than a road-trip. What I find challenging is trying to concentrate on the road and enjoy 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 self-driving in Morocco.

Self-driving in Morocco is a real adventure for those of us who like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open roads. However, it pays to bear the following tips in mind when self-driving in Morocco, as ‘adventure’ can at times be 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 and pay particular attention near schools as children ride side-by-side;
  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/animals may suddenly appear in your path without regard for passing traffic (and yes, albeit rare, you may suddenly encounter a herd of camels crossing the road in front of you);
  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 tyre which can sometimes be a bit neglected);
  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).

Please contact us with any query.

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