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Old 15th June 2018, 04:35 AM
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FIRST POST, wootwoot !

I've been driving in Mexico 14 years now, but when I first got here, it really intimidated me.

14 years later, I tell friends that I feel more comfortable driving in Mexico than I do in the United States.

Does anyone else feel the same?

There are a lot of unwritten laws here that I find work really well (like the obvious California stop, rolling through stop signs). I also notice that drivers take many more precautions in driving defensively, maybe because not many carry insurance and know that they will have to pay out of pocket.

I was rear-ended in Tijuana once and found that the process to handle everything went very well. The guy had U.S. insurance but since it happened on the Tijuana side, I wasn't interested in lying about that so they opted to pay cash. It took a few days but the police made sure the other party followed through and we both got quotes and then went for the more fair price.

I know there are a thousand horror stories (which I have never experienced) so I'd love to hear some other positive votes of confidence if there are any!

Good news about Mexico is great to come by....

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I have no problems driving here and I do a lot of driving from dirt road to cuotas to mountain roads to city driving.

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I learned how to drive in Mexico city.
You break into a cold sweat every day.
After 35 years of living in the USA, I still had my reflexes, but I did not enjoy it.
In CDMX you kind of have to be in a state of rage to stay with the flow.

Driving in Yucatan (the state) is harder than other parts of Mexico.
They drive so slow.
All the people from other parts of Mexico hate driving in Yucatan, it's not just me. Although I'm adapting.
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Still I do not understand why many drivers do not use common sense when in a glorieta. I always enter the glorieta and slide over to the right hand lane lined up with the exit I am taking. Many enter the glorieta stay in the fastest left inside lane and when exiting cross 3 lanes to exit and forcefully make other drivers slam on their brakes to allow them to exit and screw up 2 lanes of traffic when they easily could be in the right hand lane if they just slowed down and merged behind slower vehicles into it when first entering the glorieta.
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The good news: (we all know the bad) coming from CA, I'm used to cutthroat manners from drivers. Here, when you're hoping to make a left turn in heavy traffic on the main road going through town, it's more likely that a Mexican driver will slow down and stop for you than a "gringo". Makes you think.
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I like driving on the highways in Mexico better than in the US. There is less traffic, and people are better about "keeping to the right except to pass". The customs are little different however. A truck will put on its left turn blinker to tell you it is safe to pass. Of course, it can also mean the truck is getting ready to turn left. It is usually obvious from context which it is. Many newer two lane roads have very wide shoulders. Traffic is expected to drive half on the shoulder, leaving the middle of the road open for passing. The middle is used for passing by traffic in both directions so you have to pay attention.
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Still I do not understand why many drivers do not use common sense when in a glorieta. I always enter the glorieta and slide over to the right hand lane lined up with the exit I am taking. Many enter the glorieta stay in the fastest left inside lane and when exiting cross 3 lanes to exit and forcefully make other drivers slam on their brakes to allow them to exit and screw up 2 lanes of traffic when they easily could be in the right hand lane if they just slowed down and merged behind slower vehicles into it when first entering the glorieta.
Alan, it's really bad here in Merida. Not sure if you are talking about Mérida. It's the biggest complaint about Yuacatecos by Huachas (out of state Mexicans) glorietas.

Its almost as if you have to relearn driving. They have no concept of curves and lanes, its drive a straight line.

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I like driving on the highways in Mexico better than in the US. There is less traffic, and people are better about "keeping to the right except to pass". The customs are little different however. A truck will put on its left turn blinker to tell you it is safe to pass. Of course, it can also mean the truck is getting ready to turn left. It is usually obvious from context which it is. Many newer two lane roads have very wide shoulders. Traffic is expected to drive half on the shoulder, leaving the middle of the road open for passing. The middle is used for passing by traffic in both directions so you have to pay attention.
Generally true here, but then about 20% of the people here in Merida don't follow that rule on the two way highway.

I like the courteous side.

I was surprised how efficient the fast lane was respected in Mexico City. It's no surprise IMHO, the faster drivers are continually educating the slower ones by cutting them off hiking and flashing lights.




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Those shrines by the side of the roads are a "heads up"to drivers. When you see a whole cluster of them....
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driving in Mexico City is a piece of cake, try Bangkok or large cities in Thailand or Malaysia then you break into a cold sweat, on top of it in Malaysia people drive on th eleft so your reflexes are all wrong..
The Arc de Triumph is Paris does not have lights or lane and 12 big avenues pour into it.. There are lots and lots of places a lot worst than Mexico including Mexico City.
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