Here at Easy Way Car Rental we would like to give you a primer on driving in Mexico!
First and foremost we want you to safely enjoy your vacation. And that safety starts on the roads.
So lets start with a “bumpy tutorial” and one of the most important signs for you to look for. That is the Topes sign. A topes is a speed bump that can be a few dimples in the road to one and a half foot tall and many feet wide. These are not to be taken lightly and hve been known to smash a front windsheild when gone over too fast.
In the tourist areas the Topes are very well marked. But in local areas and off the beaten path the signs are sometimes not the most notable and they lack much needed yellow paint.
Figure 1 The Topes sign
You will see many inspection stations whether on the highway to Tulum or driving in Cancun to the hotel zone. Most of the time they wll just wave you through so no need to be concerned.
Although the roundabout is becoming more common in the United States you will find them very common in Mexico. Don’t worry just be cautious and you will get used to them very quickly. Alos note that most roundabouts have a topes before they begin so traffic is going slower on the merge.
NO TURNING ON RED:
One other big difference to the United States or Canada is turning right on red. Sure there is no signs to say not to but you dont want to meet the Transit police.
THOSE FLASHING LIGHTS AREN’T FOR YOU (we hope):
The police in Cancun and elsewhere always have their lights flashing. Always. Unless the sirens are going you dont have to worry about getting out of the way.