We’re headed to my favourite continent – untamed Africa, and even though it is deemed dangerous – I am told it is far safer than we are led to believe.
However, hearing about it wasn’t cutting it for me, so I looked it up on the interwebs, and ended up at an article by Peter Lee. Here are his pointers for safe driving in Morocco:
1. Defensive driving is the mantra here
2. Slowing down at green lights will go a long way
3. Going over the speed limit will get you in trouble in all probability
4. Keep the hand-gestures and honking handy, and do not underestimate the power of communicating with other drivers and pedestrians
5. Be careful around roundabouts
6. Lane markers are more of guidelines than stringent rules
7. Ensure your papers are in order
8. While on the highway, watch out for fast cars, slow cars, and pedestrians
You know what I’am thinking? I am thinking this set of guidelines would be suited equally well in the Indian context. Long story short, I am convinced we will be absolutely fine driving in Morocco because driving in India teaches one to expect the unexpected. So much so, I often tell my friends from across the globe that Indians are amongst the people with the quickest reaction times on the planet, thanks to our roads.
With that being said, we will have to be careful about speeding since the cops in Morocco, much like their Indian counterparts, know exactly where to catch people red-handed. One fitting example would be the outskirts of Moroccan towns, where the speed limit drops from 100Km/h to anywhere between 80-60Km/h within a few metres – and that’s where you will find the policemen with speed guns lying in wait.
If I were to draw similarities between the driving conditions in the two countries, I could go on for quite a while. Suffice it to say that I feel primed to take on the supposed challenge of driving in Africa for I think we will feel at home there.