7 Safety Guidelines for Your Mexican Journey


It can be quite exciting to travel south of the US border, but it also entails many uncertainties. Of course, being prepared for your journey involves many things, most importantly taking care of your vehicle and your personal safety.

Before you take any further precautionary measures, purchasing an appropriate automobile insurance policy is a priority. Keep in mind that your US policy wouldn’t help you in case of any emergencies in  Mexico. Read on to find out how to stay safe and sound.

How do people stay safe in Mexico?

In addition to having the right coverage, you should also stay informed and healthy in order to fully enjoy your trip. Follow these seven safety tips on your road trip south of the US border: 

Carefully research the area

Before you arrive at your destination, spend some time researching. For instance, take note of the nearby parking lots, grocery stores, banks, ATMs, restaurants etc. Make sure to have a list of tourist attractions you wish to visit, but don’t forget to include nearby hospitals, pharmacies, and police stations. 

When you’re driving, stick to toll roads and stay close to popular resorts if you wish to stay on the safe side. Also, have a clear map of unsafe neighborhoods.

Be careful with street food

While street food itself can be well cooked, your hands can easily be contaminated from touching various surfaces in public spaces. If you want to be completely safe, eat at your hotel’s restaurant where food will be properly cleaned. This is how you’ll be safe from stomach upset or long term intestinal problems. 

Also, if you’re looking for healthier options, skip breaded, sweetened and fried foods, and stick to the following instead: 

  • chicken burritos or enchiladas
  • baked or steamed tamales
  • black beans, but forgo the sour cream
  • chicken or seafood fajitas with a lots of vegetables
  • various salads washed in clean water etc. 

Don’t drink tap water

Although sanitary conditions in many urban areas have improved over the years, bottled water is still the best choice. However, you shouldn’t worry about coffee or tea - boiling water is usually enough to eliminate pathogens. 

Be moderate with alcohol

If you want to make your holiday in Mexico worthwhile and memorable, try to put more emphasis on sightseeing and relaxation. Being hungover will just make you waste precious time when you can witness many November festivities. Of course, avoid drinking at all costs while you drive. If there’s an accident, your policy will not cover you if you have alcohol in your system. 

Reduce the chances of being robbed

Although not all areas of Mexico are considered risky for tourists, you should minimize the chances of being robbed by staying in tourist-designated areas. Make sure to leave your jewelry, credit card, as well as your visa and passport in a safe. Carry cash and smaller banknotes with you, as there is a risk of pickpocketing in larger urban areas. Instead of wearing a backpack or bag, wear a cash belt. Also, stick to safe and reputable ATMs in malls, hotels and other safe, enclosed areas. 

Avoid driving at night

At night and in certain isolated areas, crimes such as carjacking and kidnapping are more likely to occur. For this reason, it’s best to avoid driving at night and off main roads. 

Keep a list of emergency contacts

You can call 911 for all emergency service or keep a number of your local consulate. In case your phone battery is low, you’re out of service, or your phone is stolen, keep an actual list with important contacts. 

Can I travel to Mexico during the Covid 19 pandemic?

Mexico welcomes tourists, so there are no restrictions for US citizens travelling to Mexico by air. However, there might be restrictions when you cross the land border, or when going back. In addition, some hotels and resorts will require that you fill out a health survey. This is subject to change, so it’s best to check with the consulate.

With the vaccination rate of 90%, most of the country is in the ‘’green zone’’. However, you should take the usual precautionary measures: wear a face mask in crowded spaces, wash your hands, and follow social distancing rules. To be regularly updated about the current Covid situation, you can find all relevant information as provided by the US Embassy.

How can I purchase reliable automobile insurance for my trip to Mexico?

You want your holidays to be hassle-free and relaxed, whether you’ll go swimming during your winter break or celebrate Christmas in great style. Also, whether you’re enjoying the cultural treasures of San Miguel del Allende or anywhere else in Mexico, you need to make sure you’re covered in case of emergency. 

With over 7 decades of experience assisting motorists in Mexico, Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance is the leading provider for all motorists who wish to go across the border. You can count on us in case of the following risks: fire, total theft, collision, glass breakage, property damage, medical expenses and more. 

Should you have any questions, we would be happy to assist you. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (800) 466-7227.