Driving In Mexico Index
Driving In Mexico
I had planned to send you my Mexican Traffic Cop stories, but Curly was very insistent that I pass on information about the road conditions from Creel to Batopilas. This is as of 02/14/08...
Devra: I'm a woman (60) and am doing some historical research in the areas of Sinaloa and Sonora... is it better to rent a car
or take buses? ...I have some Mexican friends who warn I shouldn't be driving anyplace in northern Mexico alone, no matter when (narcotraficantes and kidnappers), and others who say its no problem....
My friend Katie and I (two women in our late 20's) are planning a 2 month trip "through" Mexico, leaving in Feb. We are thinking about driving from the US-Mexico border at Nuevo Loredo and down the Gulf Coast to the Yucatan. We are planning on making a documentary along the way of sustainable communities (i.e. communities that are ecologically, culturally and perhaps even economically sustaining themselves)....(more)
Tips on How to Shop for Mexican Auto Insurance: If you are planning a road trip to Mexico, acquiring quality Mexican auto insurance should be one of your top priorities. It is not much fun to think about having a car accident in Mexico, but it will be even less fun if you end up getting in an accident and you dont have quality Mexican auto insurance to back you up....(more) by Jeff Nordahl, President, Adventure Mexican Insurance Services
Our Truck Runs on Veggie Oil: Border Crossing with jugs hanging off the back?
We drive a diesel pickup truck with a camper on it. We've converted the truck to run on used vegetable oil, which I collect from restaurants when they throw it away. Obviously on the FAQ page of the Aduana Mexicana website there is no written regulation regarding crossing into Mexico with jugs of veggie oil hanging off the back of the truck, but since that is what I'd like to do, I'd like to try avoiding any hassle at the border by getting a written opinion in advance.... (more) Q&A between Steve Crofter and Carl Franz
I-10 at 90 miles per hour
We crossed the border at Nogales, AZ. on Jan 31, 2002. There were 5 of us on trip: Gail Brooks (74 years old), Jerre & Helen Doss (late 50's) & Ralph & Charlene Wallace (early 60's). There were 2 Honda Goldwings 1800's & a Honda Shadow 1100.... (more) by Charlene Wallace
Who else to ask but the experts! My wife and I plan on doing some extensive "adventure travelling" throughout Mexico. As part of the budgeting process I am trying to figure out how a Class B motorhome would be classified on the "cuotas". Would it be a "pick-up/panel", an "autobus" or a "C2"?... (more)
To drive in Mexico, the minimum required insurance coverage is Civil Liability Insurance. This coverage protects you in the event you cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties... (more) by Peter Bassel, Mexican Auto Insurance
Mexicos extensive system of toll highways cause a good deal of groaning and teeth-gnashing from tourists. Those who drive big rig RVs and motorhomes are especially vocal in their complaints about the high toll costs involved in an extensive Mexican road trip.... (Mexicos extensive system of toll highways cause a good deal of groaning and teeth-gnashing from tourists. Those who drive big rig RVs and motorhomes are especially vocal in their complaints about the high toll costs involved in an extensive Mexican road trip.... (more)
Thus, if a tow car is brought along as a 2nd vehicle, it has to be put into a 2nd persons name. All the paperwork has to be separated into one car or motorhome per person.
Very excited, we got back in the Motorhome (I will call her Winnie from now on, her nickname, as she is a "Minnie Winnie") and headed through the customs checkpoint with the random red or green light. Of course we got the red light. They asked for our import permit, passport and vehiclecar registration. ....But, it seemed to be taking a little too long. I was starting to wonder if something might be wrong. I saw a grim look on his face. Then he hit us with the bad news. This is not this car. (in Spanish).... (more) by Paige & Rich Demuth
Your American or Canadian automobile insurance is not valid once you cross the border into Mexico. If you have an accident while in Mexico, even if you were not at fault, you can be put into jail for failure to have liability insurance coverage..... (more) by Richard Dalton former owner Paisano Mexican Insurance
I am a single middle aged woman with an old Vanagon & a big dog. Is it safe to drive from Nogales to the ocean & then south? Possibly to San Miguel de Allende. First time & don't know much Spanish.....Want to have a winters rest in a little house near a beach. .... (more)
Dear Carl and Lorena:
"Screeeeech!" An endless sound of crunching metal, a *pop*, and another sound, something unidentifiable, something we can't see.We zip on like Bonnie & Clyde, half believing we'd stop if only there were enough room, when we hear the quick "wheerp" of a siren.
*If youll be driving to Mexico, read this!
Wed been on the road for about a week, so to a casual observer the conditions inside our van might have appeared seriously chaotic.The bed that theoretically makes the van a camper was buried somewhere under this stuff. In order to actually get into bed, much of this cargo had to be moved and repacked -- into, around, and beneath the front seats. Thanks to almost ten years of serious meditation practice, however, we were able to accomplish this gruesome task with a minimum exchange of elbows and insults.by Carl Franz
"Many of us have fond memories of the time we spent in the 'old days', lumbering along the highway in our VW vans. We loved our vans, especially when they were working well...." by Ken Luboff, the author of Live Well In Mexico: How to Relocate, Retire, and Increase Your Standard of Living