How Do You Check Road Conditions in Mexico?
Every winter, thousands of North Americans head south to Mexico to escape the snow and cold. For many, that means driving to a destination in Mexico. But before you head south of the border, it’s important to check the road conditions. Unfortunately, there is no central repository of road information in Mexico, and information is handled on a local level. So, here’s how to check road conditions for your destination…
Mexicans are well known for their friendliness and hospitality, and nowhere is this clearer than in the country’s tourist destinations. Almost every town or city in Mexico has its own Facebook group, where locals and visitors can post updates on road conditions, find recommendations for local restaurants and attractions, and swap stories about their experiences.
The groups are usually run by volunteers who are passionate about their hometowns and want to make sure that visitors have the best possible experience. Besides providing information about road conditions, they also offer advice on where to stay, what to see, and how to get around.
If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, be sure to join the Facebook group for your destination of choice. You’ll get all the information you need to make the most of your visit. And, if you don’t you can request it.
Use a GPS APP With Live Traffic Updates
When traveling in Mexico, it’s helpful to have a GPS app with live traffic updates. This way, you can avoid any accidents or construction that might cause delays along your route. Waze is a popular app for this. And it provides real-time information on traffic conditions so that you can plan your drive accordingly.
Waze constantly gathers information from users about traffic conditions and then updates the app in real time. This can be very helpful in finding the easiest way to get to your destination.
Monitor the Weather Forecast
Weather can play a significant role in Mexico’s road conditions. The country experiences typhoons and hurricanes from July to October, and these storms can cause a lot of damage to the roads. Be sure to check the forecast before you start and during your trip, and plan accordingly.
If you’re traveling during the wet season, there could be a potential for flash flooding. Roads in Mexico can become impassable when they’re flooded, so it’s important to always heed local warnings and take alternate routes if necessary.
If you’re a Spanish speaker and want to stay up to date on road conditions in your area, tune into local radio stations. They may have information about closures, accidents, and traffic delays. It’s always better to be prepared before you hit the road, so take the time to listen to the latest updates.
Hotel / Resort / Campground
If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, they’ll usually have someone who can tell you about the current road conditions in the area. A campground host can likely do the same.
Talk to Other Travelers
When you’re on the road, stop and talk to other travelers heading in the same direction as you are. They may have just come from where you’re going and can give you first-hand information on what the conditions are like further down the road. By talking to other travelers, you can get a better idea of what to expect and make sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
Get a Mexico Road Logs
Full-time RVers Bill and Dot Bell have spent more than 25 years living and exploring Mexico. They created the On the Road In website to assist travelers in navigating their way to their destinations in Mexico safely and easily. You will find detailed driving directions along with tips on how to detour busy city centers, RV campgrounds, planning information, and more.
General Safety Tips When Driving in Mexico
When possible, it’s wise to stick to the toll roads in Mexico. The toll roads are well maintained and traveled. You can get road information from the toll booth operators.
The Green Angels also operate on the toll roads, providing roadside assistance (free for many issues). Toll road costs vary, depending on where you are.
Driving at night is not recommended in Mexico. The roads are not well lit. Livestock and other animals frequent the roads in the evening. It’s also difficult to see dangers like fallen rocks, speed bumps, and other adverse road situations while driving at night.
Get tips on how to be a safe driver in Mexico on our blog.
Checking road conditions before heading south to Mexico is a smart way to ensure a safe and successful trip. By following these simple tips, you can avoid surprises along the way and arrive at your destination with no issues.