"Driving yourself" Mexico Transportation Tip by DSwede

Mexico Transportation: 193 reviews and 118 photos

  Fixing one of many bent rims from potholes
by DSwede

Despite the money in the local state and municipalities, the roads central Veracruz are some of the worst. The road starting a little east of Villahermosa, continuing through Coatzacoalcos and Minatitlan is riddled with bad pot holes. Unless you know this road, I highly recommend not driving at night. Actually, regardless of which road, night driving is not recommended.

If you driving on the "libres" (free road) as opposed to the "cuota" (Mexican toll road), watch out for "topes" (speed bumps). They are not always well marked, sign posted or visible until you are right on them.

If you are on the cuota, you can pay with credit card if you want by taking the lane that says "intermodial". But sometimes the credit systems are not functional, particularly if the weather is bad. Always keep some cash available.

There are many check points on all the roads down here, local police, Federales, Marines, etc. Have your papers available, be polite and be prepared to let them search your car. I get stopped about once or twice per week, but they are usually quite polite about it.

Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Written Nov 11, 2011
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