You will find that some drivers in Morocco drive with far less caution than you may be used to at home so extra care should be taken, especially in built up areas where you will be in close proximity to other vehicles. Allow plenty of space between vehicles, and always be aware of other motorists around you.
Care should be taken when driving on rural roads as these are generally narrower and may sometimes be in a poor state of repair with lots of pot-holes and bumps. Distances between major cities are long, so it is advisable that you ensure you have an adequate supply of fuel and water for your journey as service stations can be infrequent on long routes.
Tips for driving in Morocco
Make sure you carry your license and hire documents with you at all times, this is a legal requirement.
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Unless otherwise indicated, vehicles coming from the right have priority at junctions.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 4 must use a child restraint system and be placed in the back.
Blood alcohol limit
The law is strict on drink driving in Morocco. The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 20mg per 100ml.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit. Fines can be as high as €730.
It can be tricky to find a parking spot in popular areas such as Tamuda Bay during the summer months. In the cities locals tend to park wherever they please; you may park on the side of the road as long as it doesn’t disrupt the traffic flow.
It is recommended you use a secure car park wherever possible.
On the spot fines
Speed limits are strictly enforced and fines are common. It’s not unusual to be fined up to 400 dirhams.
Horns and headlights
Headlights should be used during the day as well as at night. Horns are used to urge people to get a move on.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown, 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 complete a 'Constat Amiable' form, to be signed by both parties.
You will also require a Police report for insurance purposes. You must contact the car rental provider also to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
Morocco has an extensive toll road system so make sure you have cash on you at all times.
Current toll roads in Morocco
A1: Rabat – Tangier
A2: Rabat – Fes, Fes – Oujda
A3: Casablanca – Rabat
A5: Casablanca – El Jadida
A6: Tétouan – Fnideq
A7: Casablanca – Marrakech, Marrakech – Agadir
Marrakech to Casablanca – 242km (2hrs 35mins)
Marrakech to Rabat – 323km (3hrs 20mins)
Marrakech to Fes – 525km (5hrs 30mins)
Casablanca to Fes – 289km (3hrs 15mins)
Agadir to Marrakech – 252km (3hrs)