Rond-point à Ouled Teima

Rond-point à Ouled Teima

Les priorités sont devenues claires dans les giratoires, ce qui n'était pas le cas dans le passé. Mais attention aux deux roues et aux carrioles diverses !

Gérer l'inattendu

Gérer l'inattendu

Il faut s'attendre à tout ! Ici une route emportée par l'oued Issen, au nord d'Ouled Teima

Voiture en panne

Voiture en panne

Il n'existe pas, au Maroc, d'organisation nationale de dépannage ni de club d'utilisateurs de la mobilité, comme le TCS. Certains assureurs ajoutent toutefois le dépannage à leurs prestations

Chemin de terre

Chemin de terre

Ils nécessitent de la prudence, mais sont tellement typiques ! Ici le chemin du Mimosa, l'un des trois qui mène au Jardin aux Etoiles

Le carburant est cher au Maroc

Le carburant est cher au Maroc

Les prix sont aussi élevés qu'en Europe, donc très chers pour les Marocains, vu leur niveau de vie

Aéroport Al Massira d'Agadir

Aéroport Al Massira d'Agadir

Les hôtes de notre riad en location ont la possibilité d'y louer une voiture avec 25 % de rabais

Road traffic in Morocco: our 13 tips

Contrary to what one might fear in a developing country, the Moroccan road network is relatively modern and well maintained, at least on the main axes. A European motorist is not totally disoriented there. However, he must be very careful at all times. And he must expect anything! There are many pitfalls! Here are our 13 practical tips, based on our own practice of driving in Morocco.

1. Driving permit : a permit from a European country is sufficient. International travel permit is not required. Moroccans get theirs after a more than rudimentary examination, and very unprofessional, so be careful! Some ride in a particularly unconscious way! Overtaking on the right is frequent ... among other maneuvers contrary to international rules!

2. Legal provisions on road traffic : they are generally taken from French legislation.

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3. Order fines and corruption : the police are quick to draw up a report! However, do not think that foreigners are the first concerned; it is the natives that the police and gendarmes are targeting. Do not be tempted by corruption , the eradication of which is one of the main objectives of the Moroccan government, alas without much results ... Prefer to discuss kindly with the representative of the police who threatens to stick you a fine . This can be quite salty. Most of the time, if you know how to do it and if your smile and your good faith appear clearly, you will be left to walk away free from any prevention. Tourists are generally privileged.


4. Speed ​​checks : they are very frequent and based on the use of mobile speed cameras. On the Aït Melloul- Taroudant expressway, respect the speed limits (100 km or 80 km, as well as 60 km when approaching the airport).

5. Pollution: the vast majority of vehicles run on diesel, called diesel oil, the composition of which sometimes deserves to be analyzed! Road pollution is therefore very high, especially since no anti-pollution control exists and many vehicles are old and have more than 300,000 km on the clock ... Avoid therefore the hours of heavy traffic when entering and leaving Agadir , in particular at the end of the day, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The crossings of Inezgane, Aït Melloul and Tikiouine are particularly not recommended at these times, as well as at noon.

6. Taxis: there are two types. The small taxi is green, the large one has been largely renewed to switch from the Mercedes Benz brand (at the end of the race) to Dacia (made in Morocco). The first circulates in town and takes on board a maximum of three passengers. The second can take up to five or six passengers, less compressed than yesterday! The last large Mercedes Benz taxis are mostly sluggish, which does not prevent some drivers from overtaking in questionable conditions ...

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Whether it is a large or small taxi, obviously negotiate the price in advance. If Moroccan users are nearby, check with them that the proposed rate is not a scam. You have to be extra careful in Marrakech, also called Arnakech , where some taximen do not hesitate to lug you far into the countryside to make you believe that the journey between the airport and the medina is endless, which is not the case!

7. Public transport and trucks : both in Agadir and Marrakech , the Municipality has entrusted public transport to a Spanish company, named Alsa, which has replaced with modern vehicles the dangerous antiques that were in circulation until two or three years ago. years. The network is quite dense in the city of Agadir. There is also a line to El Gfiffat and another to Ouled Teima , the two towns closest to the Jardin aux Etoiles. Buses leave every hour.

Watch out for trucks! Their drivers frequently drive much too fast. They constitute walking dangers. Serious accidents are not uncommon. Stay away from them. Again, be prepared for anything! A truck can lead dangerously in the opposite direction! But don't make it a phobia either.

8. Red lights : watch out for sunset. The colors are then difficult to identify, in particular in Agadir, near the ocean, whose horizon is flat by definition.

9. Roundabouts : Signals whose local logic escaped the average driver have recently been removed. From now on, the rule is the same as in Europe: whoever circulates inside the roundabout has priority. With one exception, and a major one: roundabouts with red lights, very particular hybrids in vogue in Morocco. Even if you are already in the roundabout, you must give way to vehicles that receive their green light ... One of these traps is in Agadir! So redouble your attention. The local police are intractable, which is particularly appreciated by tourists not aware of this specialty ... very profitable.

10. Increased danger at night : as a general rule, it is not advisable to drive after 1 or 2 am or when traffic becomes scarce. It has happened, for example, that thugs install boulders on the Aït Melloul- Taroudant expressway, in order to rob the occupants of vehicles forced to stop in front of these obstacles. It is therefore important to manage your schedule well.

11. Unlit two-wheelers : despite the campaigns, we are told, by traffic officers, a very large majority of users continue to drive without any lighting or light reflecting surface. These drivers put their bodily integrity in serious danger, especially as some young people find nothing better than to drive head-on, and not in single file! Special attention is required in Taroudant and the surrounding area.

12. Alcohol and driving : although Morocco, a Muslim country, officially prohibits alcoholic beverages with regard to its nationals, it is not uncommon to meet users who have been drinking. This is how you can come face to face with a drunken man in the middle of an unlit side road or with a motorcycle driver stopped at a stop sign, then rushing towards your priority vehicle without any signal. precursor ... And drivers are often held responsible for injuries or death.

13. Hitchhiking : a tourist is not recommended to take one or more strangers on board, unless accompanied by a particularly dissuasive four-legged guard.

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Fuel is expensive, prefer a car that consumes little
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If the network of service stations is dense, fuel is expensive in Morocco, since it is at the level of European prices, while the standard of living is considerably lower.

Diesel (called diesel) is the most common, but also the most polluting. Gasoline and unleaded gasoline can be found almost everywhere. The latter is a little more expensive. It is therefore advisable to choose a gasoline automobile, which pollutes little and is characterized by a strong economy in consumption. See the table of cars we offer with our partner at a 25% discount.