DRIVING IN TUNISIA:


No matter what you've seen on the news, driving remains the most significant safety threat for visitors in Tunisia. Driving in Tunisia can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. The challenge comes from a combination of a lot of cars, small driving lanes, and ongoing construction, but after you brush up on your defensive driving skills and obtain a good feel for the traffic flow; you will have the opportunity of enjoying beautiful skies and great landscapes while exploring Tunisia.

Below are a few safety tips to consider before you begin your driving adventure in Tunisia:
-Practice good defensive driving skills.
-Ensure sufficient braking distance between your vehicle and vehicles in front of you.
-Remain alert that pedestrians may be in the medianor shoulder and choose to cross the street in disregard to approaching traffic.
-When stopped at traffic lights, beware of pedestrians crossing between waiting cars. Motor scooter drivers will often drive near the right shoulder of the road and may not be easily visible.

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Marsa ville
The speed limit is reasonable. On highways, it is 110km/h (about 70miles/h). On large roads close to residential areas, the speed limit drops to 70km/h (45miles/h): this may happen in the middle of the highway, so be wary of the speed limit signs. In residential areas the speed limit is around 60km/h (40miles/h). The police often use radar in Tunisia, especially on the highways, so don't speed, or you may lose your license. It is tolerated to go above the speed limit by 10km/h, but still have your eyes open. If cars start slowing down around you, this is a good sign there is a radar somewhere. Also by law, the police do not have the right to stop women drivers (alone) after 10pm. Do not use this as an excuse to speed at night!
There are cars that will speed on the highway, but they will warn you of their arrival by flashing their lights, it is best to go to the right and let them pass. If you want to pass a slow car that is ahead of you on the highway (on the left lane) turn on your left turn signal, this shows them that you would like to pass (and keep the signal on while passing so people behind you are aware of your maneuver). Passing on the right side is very common, so expect it to happen often.
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La Marsa plage


If you arrive at an intersection, and there is a policeman/woman, their directions take precedence over the lights. This usually happens around rush around to help avoid traffic jams. The lights in Tunis are found right at the intersection, not at the opposite side of the road like in the US or Canada, so be aware of this when arriving at the intersection. It is best to stop a little before so you can see the lights. Otherwise, if you cannot see the lights, the people behind you will honk when the light turns orange. The lights go from red (stop), to red and orange (shift to first and go), and then to green (go). If the light starts blinking green, this is like a yellow light in the US, if you are already engaged, go ahead, if not, stop. After the blinking green light, the light turns yellow, and if you go through this yellow light, it is considered as the same as going through a red light.

Turning right on red does not apply in Tunisia. You may only turn right if the light is green, or of you have a yellow blinking arrow, when you need to show caution turning right.

In round-abouts, the cars already in it have the right of way, you need to wait until you have a space to enter. Also, if you arrive at an intersection with no lights or signs, the people on your right have the right of way, and they are aware of this, so slow down at every intersection (unless they have a stop sign, but you may not see this until you actually pass the intersection, so by convention, slow down at every intersection).