Why carry an IDP while driving in Mauritania?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Mauritania highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Mauritania
Discover the natural beauty and landmarks of this country surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Visit Mauritania. Driving your own car is ideal to get from one destination to another for your own protection.
Here are some important reminders in driving in Mauritania:
- Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old and minimum rental age is 25 years old. .
- While driving, a driver and all passengers in the car must wear seat belts.
- Child safety is a must.
- Hands-free is a must. Keep your phones away unless they are hands-free.
- It is illegal to drink and drive in Mauritania.
- The speed limit is 80 km/h on urban roads and 100 km/hr on rural roads.
- Locals drive recklessly. Drive defensively at all times.
- Beware of bribes!
- It is best to travel in convoy for added safety.
Additional information for driving in Mauritania:
Travel in many parts of Mauritania is dangerous for foreigners and you should check the countries section of your Government’s website before making any plans. There have been cases of kidnapping on the road between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou and you shouldn’t contemplate driving this in a self-drive car.
The conditions of paved roads in Mauritania is poor, and overland travel is difficult. You are advised to use four-wheel-drive vehicles, check the tide times, travel in convoy if possible and ensure you take adequate supplies of water and fuel. Local drivers tend to drive without regard to traffic signs or rules, and in towns beware of erratic manoeuvres by donkey carts.
Roadway obstructions and hazards caused by drifting sand, animals, and poor roads are common. These hazards, when combined with the number of untrained drivers, poorly maintained vehicles, and the wider security risk makes Mauritania a challenging self-drive location.
Driving in Mauritania During Winters:
Mauritania does not have winter. Avoid traveling during the rainy season from July to October. Plan your trip accordingly.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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