Safe and Secure
Safety depends on many things, most of which are under your control.
Never go off the beaten path by yourself.
Don’t flash cash!
Keep the big diamonds at home,
Keep to areas you are familiar with,
Do not hang around questionable people.
Do not EVER pick up hitch hikers! You put yourself at serious risk if you are stopped and they have any drugs!
Use your common sense, and listen to that little voice that says “be careful”.
Do use toll roads when they are available. Hopefully you won’t need them, but on major highways throughout Mexico The Green Angels roam the highways. They have green uniforms and green and white pickup trucks. Service is rendered free and they provide towing, but you must pay for any parts, gas, etc. To get their assistance – pull completely off the highway, and lift the hood of your car. There are emergency telephones (Movitel) along most of the newer toll highways.
Weapons are ILLEGAL unless you get proper documentation first. Otherwise, there may be serious consequences. And even with the proper documentation, it’s best to not take any weapon into Mexico – this includes even knives.
Don’t drive after dark! You may encounter animals on the toad, people walking, and really bad potholes that can damage your car … and those terrible unmarked Topes. And, at all times, obey the speed limits.
Get your passport and carry it with you all the time. It is proof you are a U.S. citizen. You may also want to keep handy a voter registration card or a notarized birth certificate, although neither a certified copy of your birth certificate nor a driver’s license shows proof of citizenship. Keep a record of your passport number. The passport enables you to enter the United States of America.
It’s a good idea to make Photocopies of your passport. Keep one at home, take one copy with you, along with your passport, but keep it in separate place from your passport.
You will want – because of surges and brown-outs –
surge protectors – power regulators,
for your computer, in Mexico.