Any trip to Mexico is an exciting prospect. While many vacationers simply board a plane, fill out some paperwork, take a nap and land in a Mexican resort town a few hours later, other vacationers drive across the border, and in this event, it pays to be prepared. Driving to Mexico may not seem like a major adventure, but it could turn into one without doing some of homework and understanding a bit about the country.
When it comes to driving the car to Mexico, or even if just renting a car while here, it is mandatory to have Mexican auto insurance. Relatively inexpensive, it can be purchased online and will cover civil liability, car damage, car theft and roadside assistance (check to see exactly what is covered before buying). Keep in mind that U.S. and Canadian auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. You will need to purchase Mexican auto insurance to be properly covered during your trip.
A map of Mexico is also a good item to carry in the car. Driving in Mexico is really no different than driving in the U.S. or Canada, although not all roads are in great shape and driving defensively is important. An up to date map will help navigate the back roads and ensure a more productive trip.
Being aware of the latest news in Mexico can help ensure a more enriching trip. Understanding current events can put new surroundings and experiences into context and make them more meaningful. Residents also appreciate visitors who take an interest in their culture and the ongoing events that shape it.
The latest Mexico news also includes travel advisories. Any traveler must stay abreast of the latest warnings to ensure a safe trip. In the U.S., these can be found on the State Department’s web site.
Rental cars are plentiful (although not so much in smaller towns and villages) but expensive, thanks to the high insurance rates. To lease, a diver must be at least 25 years old, have a credit card and supply a valid driver’s license (with a photo) from his home country.