Driving in Mexico can be a convenient way for foreigners to see the country, and many visitors to Mexico cross the border in their own vehicles.
In Mexico expect to encounter different driving habits, highway signs and ‘rules of the road.’ The first few times you drive, especially in big cities, you’ll likely feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of traffic, crazy drivers and the Glorietas (Roundabouts).
Driving in Mexico is safe. You'll just need to exercise care and be prepared for things to be different from what you are used to. Signs will be in Spanish so you should have your dictionary ready if you can’t figure out what the sign says. Here is an important one, “Alto” means stop.
It is illegal to drink and drive in Mexico. If you drink, take a cab, they're not expensive.
You should avoid driving if you’re feeling exhausted. It will be safer for you to stop at the nearest hotel, and then continue traveling first thing in the following morning.
In case of an accident be prepared to show your Mexican liability insurance policy. You should not drive in Mexico without insurance because you could be arrested at the scene of the accident if you can not produce your policy. Mexico auto insurance can be easily purchased online or from insurance agents that have offices at the border before you cross into Mexico.
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