The open road is the best path for exploration in Tunisia with so much to see and do across the country, not to mention beautiful landscapes to see. Driving is a little more erratic here than in Europe and it is recommended that you drive fairly defensively.
Be aware that lane discipline is limited, therefore confusion regarding right of way is likely, particularly on roundabouts. At times traffic lights can be ignored. Pedestrians have the right of way so be vigilant of this when driving through towns. On the other hand, when you are a pedestrian you should take care when crossing the road, even if a signal dictates it is safe to do so.
Armed with this knowledge, hiring a car is a challenging but rewarding experience and will allow you to enjoy Tunisia to its fullest. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride.
Tips for driving in Tunisia
Driving licence & ID
You should carry your driving license at all times and an International Driving Permit is recommended.
If you happen to encounter military or police security checks, approach slowly, do not cross boundaries without permission and be prepared to present photo ID if requested.
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Vehicles already on a roundabout have right of way; you will need to wait before you can enter the roundabout.
If there are no traffic lights or signals at a junction, traffic coming from the right has right of way. If you arrive at a junction and there is a police officer there, their directions take precedence over traffic light signals.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Blood alcohol limit
There is zero tolerance policy on drink driving in Tunisia. No amount of alcohol found to be in the blood is legal.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.
Always park in secure car parks if possible and don’t leave any personal items in your vehicle.
Driving at night
Abide by usual safety precautions such as driving with windows and doors locked, keep valuables out of sights and ask locals or your accommodation staff if there are any areas tourists should avoid driving in.
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 do I know if you’re in an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.