Driving in Mexico
Have all documentation with you when driving
It is a legal requirement in Mexico to be fully documented in a car.
When you are driving you must have with you:
? Your Drivers License
? Proof of Mexican Car Insurance
If you get pulled over by the Police you will have to provide the
documentation listed above.
Tips for a Safe & Enjoyable Time while Driving in Mexico
RULE #1: Always purchase Mexican Auto Insurance prior to entering Mexico. US
and Canadian insurance is not recognized by Mexican authorities, and the
consequences for driving uninsured can be severe. If you are in an accident or
other vehicle-related problem while driving without Mexican insurance, it is highly
likely that your vehicle could be permanently confiscated and you could be
detained by the police.
Even if you are not concerned about protecting your own vehicle with Full
Coverage Insurance, you should at a minimum always purchase Mexican
Liability Auto Insurance to cover any damages you may cause to third parties. All
of Adventure Mexican Insurance Services' Mexican auto insurance includes a
minimum of $50,000 US dollars (limits can be increased) of combined single limit
liability coverage, and the rates are extremely reasonable. Legal Service is also
an important aspect of Mexican auto insurance that you should not go without.
All of our Mexican insurance also includes Legal Service at no extra charge.
This Legal Service covers attorney fees, and bail bond costs which may be
incurred due to a vehicle related accident. (Refer to your Mexican auto insurance
Terms & Conditions for full details).
Driving conditions in Mexico are often very different from the US or Canada.
For your safety, you must drive slowly and cautiously in Mexico.
Do not drive at night: ? Most cases of highway crime occur at night.
? Loose livestock often wander onto roads at night and are difficult to see
? Many vehicles in Mexico do not have functioning headlights and brake
lights, creating dangerous situations Always keep an eye out for:
? Loose Livestock: Horses, cows, pigs, and dogs are often found wandering
loose in the road.
? Construction sites are often unmarked and equipment can be left on the
Prevent your vehicle from being stolen:
Unfortunately, vehicle theft can be a problem in Mexico, and tourist vehicles are
often the targets of theft.
? Employ at least one type of anti-theft device: Steering wheel locks, kill
switches, and other anti-theft devices are highly recommended.
? Always park in a parking area that is clearly visible and contains other
? Never leave your vehicle parked on the side of the road or highway.
? For overnight parking, always try to park in area that is gated or employs a
Rainy and Wet Conditions:
The dirt and oil on the road mixes with rain to cause extremely slippery
? When it begins to rain, slow down to a crawl.
? RVs / Motorhomes and vehicles with trailers should avoid driving in the
rain as much as possible
Learn Local Driving Signals:
? Flashing headlights from an oncoming vehicle is often a warning signal
that you are both approaching a narrow place in the road that will not fit 2
? To be safe, always let the other vehicle pass the narrow section first, then
proceed once the area is clear
? Topes are giant speed bumps located throughout Mexican roadways.
Beware of 'Topes':
? In case of an accident or loss, you must report the claim in Mexico prior to
entering the US in order for your Mexican Insurance to cover the claim.
(See your GE Mexican Auto Policy for the toll free claims phone numbers).
? Research your route for safety using current maps. It is also
recommended to ask questions about your route from the Mexican
Tourism Office, Travel Clubs, or at stopping points along your trip. ? Have
your car serviced prior to leaving on your trip.
? Never operate your vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Buying Fuel (gasoline) for your Vehicle in Mexico
Pemex gas stations are the only official outlets where you can purchase fuel in
Mexico. The unleaded gasoline is called 'Magna Sin', which is supposed to have
an octane rating of around 90. At some locations you may be able to find 'Magna
Premium' which is supposed to have an even higher octane level, but 'Magna
Premium' is not available at all Pemex locations. Diesel fuel is also available at
most Pemex stations, and it is labeled 'Diesel Sin'. Makes sure to read the label
of the fuel before filling up because the color coding system on the pumps is
different from the US (in Mexico, a green pump usually means it is 'Magna Sin',
while in the US a green pump usually means Diesel). If you find a pump labeled
'Nova', be aware that this is LEADED gas, and should not be used unless your
vehicle can run on leaded fuel. Be prepared to pay for your fuel with cash. Although some Pemex stations close
to the US border may accept US dollars, you should expect to pay for your fuel
with Mexican currency.
Although the gasoline quality has improved dramatically over the years, it is
probably a good idea to bring along a spare fuel filter for your vehicle just in case
there is any debris in the fuel that could clog your existing filter. (A fuel filter is
usually less than $15 at an auto parts store in the US).
During busy travel times there may be fuel shortages at some of the more remote
Pemex stations, so it is always a good idea to top off your gas tank whenever
Gasoline is measured in liters in Mexico, so make sure to remember your gallons
to liters conversion: 1 gallon = 3.3785 liters Be aware that some gas stations in Mexico have been known to attempt certain
'rip-off' ploys. To avoid being ripped-off, make sure the fuel pump is set to $0.00
when you begin fueling. Also, pay attention to how much change you should
receive in return when paying for your fuel. Gas station attendants have been
known to intentionally give tourists the incorrect amount of change.