Mexico- rules of the road. Checklist for Driving into Mexico.
Driving in Mexico
The country's laid-back attitude is evident in the citizens' casual driving habits and logical driving patterns. While the way Mexican drivers operate on the roads may seem a bit extreme to U.S. citizens, they make perfect sense once you've got the hang of them, and as a result, large cities like Mexico City are no worse than Phoenix or Atlanta, at rush hour.
Areas to avoid do exist, like the Toluca Highway—Carretera Nacional 134 in Guerrero, locally called carretera de la muerte (Highway of Death)—which is known for random encounters with Bandidos (bandits). However, you're more likely to get held up in downtown Detroit than on a Mexican back road, which isn't to say you shouldn't follow the same safety rules when driving in Mexico that you do when driving back home.
It's not worth taking risks and driving dangerously just because that's what the locals seem to be doing—they have far more experience than you do, and what looks like a danger to you may be well-rehearsed and safe for the locals.
Rules of the Road
We have to mention something about Israeli drivers.
If you've never driven in Mexico before, there are several rules of the road you need to be aware of to avoid accidents, emergencies, and getting stranded south of the border. While there are a number of rules that differ from driving laws in the United States, the top tips for safely driving in Mexico are:
In Case of Emergency: As of 2017, Mexico adopted 911 as their emergency number.
Checklist for Driving into Mexico
Driver's License in Mexico
To rent a car in Mexico, most car rental companies require a full driving licence held for a minimum of 2 years with no major endorsements.
If your domestic driver's license is not in English (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required when you drive in Mexico.
lease note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driver's License) does not replace the requirement for a regular driver's license. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s license, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in Mexico.
Minimum age to rent a car in Mexico is 21 years (age may vary by car rental company and car category). If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.