Main Mexican road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right side of the road and overtaking is on the left side.
  • Minimum driving age is 15 years.
  • It is not permitted to turn right on red, unless there is an additional sign or signal.
  • At all time while driving, a foreign driver must have valid driving permit and, if it is required, International driver license; passport; car registration papers; auto insurance; proof of car ownership or renting.
  • Mexican insurance is required for all vehicles.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal
  • Using cell phones is prohibited while driving in many parts of Mexico.
  • It is required that only owners drive their vehicles, or that the owner be in the vehicle.
  • Legal blood-alcohol level is 0.08%.
  • It is required that a driver and passengers in front and rear seats to wear seat belts.
  • The maximum speed limit is: in the city - 40 km/h; outside the city – 80 km/h; on highways – from 100 to 110km/h.

Some additional advices:

  • In remote areas, there may be a lot of people walking on the highway.
  • Always be sure who has the right of way.
  • Plan your trip ahead of time.
  • It is helpful to have a basic Spanish phrase book.
  • In a case of incident, you are guilty until proven innocent, especially, if you don’t have Mexican auto insurance. The police may impound your vehicle, especially if you don’t have insurance adjuster or an attorney who can defend your rights.
  • You should buy Mexican auto insurance which will include claims adjusters and an attorney who will come to the scene of an accident.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Always keep car doors locked and windows up while driving.
If you are going to rent a car, look it over before you sign the rental agreement.
There are many toll roads.
Most car rental companies require drivers to be at least 23 years of age with a minimum of two years driving experience.
US driver licenses are valid in Mexico.
There are many speed bumps.

Mexico Road Traffic Signs

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