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Mexico

Despite its size, Mexico is easy to travel around with a rental car since the network of roads is generally well developed. Several important junctions run from the US American border along both coasts as well as inland to Guatemala and the Yucatan. Most of the streets are highways that can be traveled at a good speed. The connections between the Pacific and the Caribbean are normally in good condition. Since they lead straight through the mountains, these roads often have significantly more curves which slow travel. Watch out for potholes.

For driving in Mexico a valid driver’s licence from the country of residence is required. But to avoid discussions with the Police during routine checks it is better to take an international driver's license with you.
The traffic regulations in Mexico generally correspond to the international standard, are however often freely interpreted. Mexican's also pass in unclear situations, buses and trucks often take the right of way simply because of their size. Don't try to enforce your right, but use your horn! If possible, try to avoid the bigger cities during rush hour and expect non-illuminated obstacles on the streets at night. In general: driving in Mexico has a different rhythm, but you will become accustomed to it quickly.

The speed limit is 40 km/h in the cities, 80 km/h outside the cities and 100 to 110 km/h on the highways. The network of gasoline stations is generally rather dense. Unleaded gas with 87 and 93 octane is available as well as diesel fuel.

Which rental car is the right one?

A regular car is normally sufficient for most routes in Mexico. Do not rent a car that is too small and pay attention to ground clearance: upon entering cities, there are often extremely steep bumps which force you to drive slowly. Now and then landslides or falling rocks occur in the mountains. This especially applies to the rainy season (from May to September on the Pacific and in the highlands, and from April to October on the Atlantic). You will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from www.latino-cars.com. If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.