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Old 02-04-2019, 01:09 PM
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To begin I donít know if this applies everywhere here but the following rules also applied in Costa Rico. Gringos often end up in collisions because they apply their set of rules in a whole other game.

RULE: We can avoid being rear ended at stop signs and red lights by observing traffic. If thereís no car coming Mexicans donít stop for stop signs or red light, because thereís no point to stopping.

RULE: This really messes everybody up. When making a left turn, indicate that and pull far to the right to allow traffic behind you to pass and once the way is clear then turn left . We of course bear left expecting cars behind us to pass to our right. Mexicans of course donít know that and will continue trying to pass on the left even while we are turning left.

Consider this a public safety message.
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If you do happen to get into a fender bender, do not move the vehicle until the authorities have finished their investigation and have instructed you to do so.
In Costa Rica, anyway....
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Lived in Mexico for a year, and not a tourist area, and never experienced the later. Where did you have that happen?

It is a whole new game there though. Free-for-all.
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Lived in Mexico for a year, and not a tourist area, and never experienced the later. Where did you have that happen?

It is a whole new game there though. Free-for-all.

Im just north of Manzanillo and been here since November. I will disagree on the free for all though, drivers are considerate and patient,we rarely hear a horn unless itís greeting someone.
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25 years ago while in my honeymoon, we rented an air cooled bug. Drove an hour into Cancun along the Mayan coast. I thought the locals were quite considerate, Would I do this today? Probably not.
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Im just north of Manzanillo and been here since November. I will disagree on the free for all though, drivers are considerate and patient,we rarely hear a horn unless itís greeting someone.
Nice area, visited once. I was in Queretaro. Found lanes were generally ignores. Returnos into incoming traffic. Local buses bullying their way everywhere. Pedestrians wandering the streets and running across highways. Must be the mountain air!

Saddest part was when you saw an accident and they had a little blanket over a poor child ejected from the car. Couldn't deal with that stuff.
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Nice area, visited once. I was in Queretaro. Found lanes were generally ignores. Returnos into incoming traffic. Local buses bullying their way everywhere. Pedestrians wandering the streets and running across highways. Must be the mountain air!

Saddest part was when you saw an accident and they had a little blanket over a poor child ejected from the car. Couldn't deal with that stuff.
Again, only observed the west coastal roads. There are many villages that straddle the highway and invariably thatís where Topesí are placed. Those a very significant speed bumps that if you donít slow to 20kph the suspension of the vehicle will be destroyed. Topesí are traffic calmers giving pedestrians, dogs, horses,burros,goats,cattle,mules a fighting chance of a safe crossing. Many bicycle riders will ride facing traffic as it gives them a chance to escape. Most of what we call inviolate rules are considered advisory here. Generally it works quite well. I have learned the most useful vehicle here is a motor bike, usually 125cc, and those can transport a mother with four kids, or two workmen and an extension ladder. Police enforcement of rules is from what I observe nonexistent.
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I'd get one of these before I'd do it...…

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In University one of my buddies had a place in Acapulco we used to visit regularly. You would see people drinking beer while driving and young children (11 years old?) driving regularly. Lanes were all over the place. At the time we loved it had tonnes of fun. I have heard Acapulco is run by gangs and not safe to visit anymore...too bad as it has great weather!
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Very bad to be in a place run by gangs. I think that’s a problem facing many big cities down here. Thankfully this is a small place run by only one gang and they have rules. One of those being a ban on cocaine, whodathunk that. Word is the Don know how bad that stuff is and doesn’t want his grandchildren exposed to it. Apparently sometime in the not too distant past coke was being peddled out of a small bar and it wasn’t just closed down it was obliterated brick by brick in one day and the owners disappeared.
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