Traffic Signs

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
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.


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.


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.

Curve traffic sign

Sharp Curve traffic sign
Sharp Curve
Like the previous one this type of transit signal is used to indicate curves to the right or left with a curvature greater than 90 degrees.

Winding Road traffic sign
Winding Road
It means the presence of two or more inverse curves along the way.

Curves traffic sign
This transit signal is used to indicate two continuous turns going in the opposite direction.

Severe Curves traffic sign
Severe Curves
Este señalamiento indica la presencia de dos curvas continuas en donde la primera de ellas es cerrada.

Crossing traffic sign
Warns of the crossing of two roads. The wider line will point to the main road while the narrowest ones is the secondary road.

Junction traffic sign
Indicates the presence of a street that dead ends with the main one. The thick line shows the main road and narrows the secondary road where cars must give way.

Fork traffic sign
Warns of the division of the road. The signal can be left or right.

Delta junction traffic sign
Delta junction
It is used to signal a three-way intersection. The main path will be the widest line, while the secondary ones with a narrower line.

Y-fork traffic sign
This traffic signal warns of the fork of the road. The main road will be the thickest line.

Roundabout traffic sign
It warns of the presence of a roundabout in which at least two paths are located.

Merging of cars traffic sign
Merging of cars
This type of signaling warns about the merging of traffic going in the same direction. The incorporation will be on the side that marks the thinnest line.

2 way traffic is beginning traffic sign
2 way traffic is beginning
Signaling is used to mark the change from one-way circulation to two-way circulation.

Exit traffic sign
Indicates the exit of a main road. The thin line will indicate whether the output is left or right.

Reducing the road traffic sign
Reducing the road
Warns about reducing the width of the road. Conversely indicates the widening of the path.

Reducing the lane traffic sign
Reducing the lane
It points to the reduction of the road on either side. The signaling will indicate whether the reduction is left or right.

Drawbridge traffic sign
Indicates the presence of a drawbridge along the way. A drawbridge can move horizontally to allow boats to pass through.

Workers along the way traffic sign
Workers along the way
The sign indicates the presence of workers on the way.

Width limit traffic sign
Width limit
The signal is used to indicate a narrow road that does not allow the movement of two vehicles simultaneously. It is usually accompanied by an additional board that indicates the exact width of the road.

Height limits traffic sign
Height limits
Indicates the space limit vertically when less than 4.30 meters. Normally a second board indicates the maximum height.

Water stream traffic sign
Water stream
Warns of a low water stream that crosses a road

End of Pavement traffic sign
End of Pavement
End to the paved road

Slippery roads when wet traffic sign
Slippery roads when wet
Slippery roads

Dangerous slope traffic sign
Dangerous slope
Severe Slope

Falling rocks traffic sign
Falling rocks
Beware of falling rocks.

Stop sign ahead traffic sign
Stop sign ahead
It is one of the least known but very common preventive traffic signals. Warns of a close stop sign.

Pedestrain Crossing traffic sign
Pedestrain Crossing
Indicates a path with constant pedestrian crossing or a specific pedestrian crossing.

School Zone traffic sign
School Zone
Warns about a nearby school area for the driver to slow down.

Cattle Corssing traffic sign
Cattle Corssing
Beware of farm animals crossing.

Railroad crossing traffic sign
Railroad crossing
Point to the crossing with train tracks at the same level of the road.

Agricultural machinery traffic sign
Agricultural machinery
It is used to mark a transit zone of agricultural machinery or a specific crossing of such vehicles.

Semáforo traffic sign
Este señalamiento advierte sobre la presencia de un semáforo próximo, normalmente en cruces o en zonas donde no se espera hallarlos.

Divided road traffic sign
Divided road
This traffic signal warns of the splitting of the road in two.

Cyclists traffic sign
Warn about a road frequented by cyclists or a specific crossing of these vehicles.

Loose gravel traffic sign
Loose gravel
Loose gravel on the raod.

Restrictive traffic signals

Restrictive traffic signals warn of physical or regulatory restrictions on movement. They are usually red and placed on poles in both urban and rural areas.

Stop traffic sign


It is one of the best known road signs whose meaning. It is mainly used in four situations:

1. In the junction of two roads with great influx.

2. On the junction of a secondary road with a main road.

3. At the crossroads of any road with a railway line.

4. At urban crossings where there is a high risk of accidents.

For any of the situations the signal will be placed on the road with the least influx of traffic.

Give way traffic sign
Give way
This signal is a warning for drivers to slow down and give way whenever necessary. It is occupied in areas of traffic of pedestrians and vehicles or in junctions with main avenues.

Inspection traffic sign
Indicates the presence of transit authorities.

Top speed traffic sign
Top speed
This type of transit signal indicates the maximum speed limit for driving. Remember that with the new CDMX transit regulations the speed limit is 80 km/h.

Continuous lap traffic sign
Continuous lap
Indicates the possibility of turning around. Its use is common in crosses. The signal can dial left and right.

Shows a one way street traffic sign
Shows a one way street
Shows the direction of circulation. It is used in street entrances to prevent invasion of single-traffic lanes.

No passing traffic sign
No passing
No passing

Trucks keep right traffic sign
Trucks keep right
Urge truck drivers to keep their right to leave the left lane free for light vehicles.

Where a one way street changes to two traffic sign
Where a one way street changes to two
Used to indicate when circulation changes from one direction to both. The signs are placed at the beginning of the street.

Restricted height traffic sign
Restricted height
This type of traffic signal is used to indicate the vehicle height limit for driving on a road. She's busy at the bridge entrance.

Restricted width traffic sign
Restricted width
The signaling indicates the width limit of vehicles to drive on a road.

Restricted weight traffic sign
Restricted weight
Warns about the maximum weight of vehicles to drive on a road.

Seatbelts required traffic sign
Seatbelts required
Seatbelts required

Banned stop traffic sign
Banned stop
It is used to tell public transport drivers the ban on getting on or off on site.

No stop traffic sign
No stop
The signal prohibits vehicles from stopping. It is used in fast-running avenues, as well as in emergency entrances and exits.

Parking traffic sign
Indicates that it is possible to park on site. It is accompanied by time constraints, schedules and days where you can park.

No parking traffic sign
No parking
It is used in areas where parking is prohibited.

Forbidden right turn traffic sign
Forbidden right turn
Prohibits turning right either by opposing circulation or road conditions.

Forbidden return traffic sign
Forbidden return
Indicates that the return of cars by this crossing is prohibited. It may be because it poses an extra danger or causes traffic problems.

Forbidden to go head-on traffic sign
Forbidden to go head-on
The traffic signal indicates that it is forbidden to continue circulating head-on.

No passage to motorcycles, heavy vehicles and bicycles traffic sign
No passage to motorcycles, heavy vehicles and bicycles
Indicates the prohibition on driving these vehicles in an area. It can appear individually as well.

No passage to agricultural machinery traffic sign
No passage to agricultural machinery
No agricultural machinery

No pedestrian traffic sign
No pedestrian
No pedestrians on road

Banned from using the horn traffic sign
Banned from using the horn
Do not use the horn

Informational traffic signals

Informational traffic signals aim to guide the user on their way around the location of emergency services, tourist attractions, mileage and recommendations when traveling.

They are classified into four types of traffic signals.

1. Signs of services and tourism

2. Target signals

3. Identification signals

4. Signs of recommendation and general information

Signs of services and Tourists

Such transit signs guide the driver on nearby tourist attractions, lodging services and outdoor recreational activities. They also indicate the location of emergency or assistance services.

First Aid traffic sign
First Aid

Information offices traffic sign
Information offices

Telephone traffic sign

Gas Station traffic sign
Gas Station

Post Office traffic sign
Post Office

Mechanic traffic sign

Bathroom traffic sign

Restaurant traffic sign

Hospital traffic sign

Railway station traffic sign
Railway station

End of highway traffic sign
End of highway

Crafts traffic sign

Tourist Zone traffic sign
Tourist Zone

Outdoor dining traffic sign
Outdoor dining

Trash cans traffic sign
Trash cans

Volcano traffic sign

National Park traffic sign
National Park

Camping Zone traffic sign
Camping Zone

Children's games traffic sign
Children's games

Fishing traffic sign

Excursion traffic sign

Religious Monument traffic sign
Religious Monument

Historic Site traffic sign
Historic Site

Waterfall traffic sign

Diving traffic sign

Beach traffic sign

Swimming traffic sign

Climing traffic sign

Destination signs

Destination traffic sign

Identification signals

These signs are used to identify streets by name and roads by mileage and number. Te compartimos las principales señales de transito de identificación y su significado.

Identification traffic sign

Signs of recommendation and general information

Signs of recommendation and general information traffic sign


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