There, I have to say it: I LOVE driving in Mexico! Love, love, love it!
It is so much fun! Yes, there are rules. My husband just got reminded of that when he went to renew his driver’s license. However, rules in this country are meant to be
You would think that being from Germany makes me a very spoilt driver. After all, we have the autobahn, don’t we? But on a German autobahn, you have to drive on the right lane and may only overtake on the left lane. Although most people drive on the middle lane, as the right lane is packed with trucks. And everybody who owns a German quality car is driving on the left lane (or people 80 years of age or older). OK, yeah, that’s about 80% of all drivers probably. So in reality, even driving on the fast left lane can make you go really slow.
In Mexico, there are no lanes assigned to the different speed limits. You can just drive wherever you feel comfortable. And you can also use every lane to overtake slower drivers. It’s like a James Bond movie: If you pay attention, you may be able to go left and right and left again and just swerve around the traffic congestion, and I love that feeling!
In Germany, turning lanes are there for making a turn. Here, you can also use them to pass slower cars which is very convenient when there are trucks and busses on every single lane. Because that is the downturn of the free lane choice. So at a traffic light, you just pass the other cars on your turning lane and push the accelerator the second the traffic light gives you the go-ahead. Or even a second earlier.
That’s another advantage: Only one direction has a green traffic light at a time. Therefore, there is no waiting on your left turn. Of course, you still have to pay attention, since some people ignore red traffic lights. Which is ok, you very often can do that, because nobody seems to mind.
Basically, you can do everything: speed, run a red light, tailgate… Everybody is just watching out for him/herself, and nobody holds you liable. Well, as long as you drive a decent car that is. And as long as you carry some cash in your pocket.
Say what you want, but in comparison to driving in Mexico, the German autobahn is a big snooze!