Mexican Road Rules

After forty-plus years driving experience, on July 4, 2011 I crossed over to the dark side of Mexican driving. In city traffic, two lanes going each way with me cruising in the far right lane I made a left in moving traffic to affect a U-turn.

I’m alive, always thought I would never swing a left from the right in moving traffic and now wonder if any other gringos have accomplished the feat. People new to Mexico won’t fully understand what that driving maneuver signified but North Americans and Europeans who’ve driven Mexico will actually have stood and applauded when they read of my feat. To those who have not experienced Mexican driving this maneuver ranks somewhat higher than a skater performing a triple axel in the Olympics.

 

In this blog we’ll have a little fun discussing Mexican driving and the highway system. There may even be a guest columnist at times. I realize a newcomer to Mexico is awed, scared and thinks the bumper cars at the fair are tame in comparison. I can still put myself in your shoes and recall when I felt like the steely in a pinball machine. Cars were running stop signs, occasionally stoplights and it seemed like every car went, flew, skidded, swerved over the line and barely stopped just before the threatening vehicle hit me as I cruised self-righteously through Mexico in the correct lane. However, the reader should be aware, despite the humor; I prefer driving in Mexico than in the United States. It took years but now their road rules, for the most part, make better sense than ours.

The following article has an interesting publishing history. It was sold to GORP http://www.gorp.com/ , Great Outdoors Recreation Pages, years ago and can still be found at their site. The original had twenty-five Mexican road rules but GORP only used twelve and changed several of those, which didn’t suit me. Next for several years the road rules list showed up at virtually every Mexican related website. None of them ever paid for using my article but I at least appreciated those that gave me credit as the author. What intrigued me was some of the websites allowed their readers to offer additional rules. Many times their rules were hilarious and offered great insights I had missed. So, if you can offer additional rules please send them to
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Keep two things in mind: this article is based on the Mexican roads of the 1960s through the early 1980s. The roads have changed greatly since then, but many of these observations remain true in some areas. Secondly, no one pokes more fun at Mexican driving and road rules than Mexican’s. Of course, they can always point to video of driving in India and Thailand to show you where really crazy driving occurs.

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