TIPS FOR A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE TIME WHILE DRIVING IN MEXICO
Driving conditions in Mexico are often very different from the U.S. or Canada. For your safety, you must drive slowly and cautiously. Whenever available, take Toll Roads instead of Free roads. Toll roads are much safer.
NOTE: For your convenience, we suggest to reserve some Mexican Pesos to pay the tolls. Sometimes U.S. currency won’t be accepted and Mexican Pesos will be easier for you and the booth employee. However, toll roads in Northern Baja generally accept U.S. currency.
SLOW DOWN when you enter small towns, being watchful for pedestrians, dogs, buses, cars. Know your route. If you get lost, don’t wander. Pull over and get orientated. Avoid driving at night. Most serious accidents occur at night, especially on the open highway.
Learn Local driving signals. Flashing headlights from an oncoming vehicle is often a warning signal that you may be approaching an accident or other dangerous condition ahead of you. SLOW DOWN and be vigilant for very slow traffic ahead.
Rainy and wet conditions: The dirt and oil on the road mixed with rain can cause extremely slippery conditions. When it begins to rain, SLOW DOWN. RVs, motor homes, and vehicles with trailers should avoid driving in the rain as much as possible.
Be aware of Topes: Topes are speed bumps located throughout Mexican roadways and frequently unmarked.
PREVENT YOUR VEHICLE FROM BEING STOLEN
Employ at least one type of anti-theft device. If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-theft alarm, USE IT. Steering wheel locks, kill switches, and other anti-theft devices are highly recommended too.
Always park in an area that is clearly visible and contains other vehicles. Whenever available, use paid parking lots and carry the ticket with you, DO NOT leave it in your vehicle.
Never leave your vehicle parked on the side of the street, road or highway. If you must park on street, try to check on your vehicle frequently or better yet, keep it in sight.
For overnight parking, always try to park in an area that is gated or employs a 24 hour security guard.
We suggest keeping your policy with you when you leave your vehicle, or write down on a separate piece of paper your policy number and the telephone numbers to report a claim. Keep this information in your wallet or in your purse. If your car and your insurance policy are stolen you will still have this important information.
Take precautions to void being a target of crime.
To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money.
DO NOT leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
DO NOT leave inside of your car and in sight of anyone any personal devices such as: laptops, photo cameras, mobile phones and any other valuable thing. Carry them with you whenever possible.
Keep in mind, you are a visitor and things may be done a little differently in Mexico than at home.