Always ensure that your insurance covers you whilst driving in Mozambique. Keep the following documents handy: passport, driver’s license, original vehicle registration papers, third party insurance certificate and temporary import permits — you may be asked to present them at various control points.
It is obligatory to wear seat-belts at all times. Obey all the speed limits, it is normally around 100km/h on the N1, 80km/h on approaching villages and towns, and down to 60km/h or even 40km/h as you drive through the towns.
All motorists must carry a set of standard red emergency triangles and a fluorescent vest, which can be obtained from any AA outlet. If you are towing something, then two triangles must be displayed; one on the front of the car and one on the rear of the trailer.
Driving on the beaches and driving without a shirt on, is illegal.
Traffic police, who wear navy and white, will only stop you for traffic violations. The civil police, who wear grey and white, usually ask to inspect your documents. If you are stopped by the police, please remember that politeness and a little patience will go a long way. Always ask for a receipt if you have to pay a fine, for any traffic offence. Be particularly careful for pedestrians, especially when approaching stopped buses or heavy vehicles. Avoid driving at night, when animals, unmarked road repairs and vehicles without lights, are added dangers.
Fuel and spares
Petrol (gasolina) and diesel (gasoleo) are freely available, but unleaded petrol is only sold in Maputo, XaiXai, Maxixe and Inhambane. Petrol stations are generally open from about 06:00 to 18:00.
Avoid asking for ‘petrol’ which could be mistaken for paraffin, known in Portuguese as petroleo. Basic spares for vehicles are extremely difficult to obtain. Make sure that your vehicle is 100% roadworthy before departure. If you happen to be involved in an accident, you will be required to present your third-party insurance, drivers’ license and vehicle papers. You must contact the third-party insurance company immediately. You will also be required to make a statement at the nearest police station.
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