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To get wet clothes dry overnight, hang them on a coat hanger and hang them in the bathroom - Leave the light on.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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Buckle Up!

Mexico now has
a seat-belt law.

MEXICO DRIVING REGULATIONS

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REGULATIONS

Driving regulations in Mexico are pretty much the same as they are in Canada or the U.S. so they are probably close to the regulations from where you reside. You obviously need a driver's license to drive a vehicle in Mexico and beyond that use common sense.

SEAT BELT LAW
The driver of a vehicle must wear a seatbelt. Passengers are not required to.

HELMET LAW
There appears to be a helmet law in Mexico now. What this means is you need something on your head. Even a hocky-helmet is okay.

SPEEDING
Enforced [main highways near Cancun, Merida mostly].

PARKING
Enforced. Do NOT park illegally in Progreso, Merida, Chetumal, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Izmal.

NOTE: Sometimes an officer will remove the license plates from an illegally parked vehicle. This means getting them back from the police. This costs money and is time consuming. If you drive the vehicle without plates and get busted you will compound the problem and pay a higher fine.

LIGHTS ON DURING DAY
You do not have to drive with your lights on during daylight hours.

OPEN VEHICLES
You may travel in an open vehicle [back of pickup truck].

ALCOHOL IN VEHICLES
Passengers can drink alcohol however the driver of a vehicle is prohibited from drinking alcohol while driving a vehicle on public roads.

DRUNK DRIVING
Drunk driving is punishable and if caught YOU WILL end up in a Mexican jail for an indeterminate period of time until you have sorted your mess out. Good luck you will need it.


ROAD SIGNS


Stop

Stop

No Stopping

Speed Limit

Do Not Enter

No U Turn

No Right Turn

No Left Turn

Left Turn

Right Turn

One Way

2 Way Traffic

Center Divide Begins

Stay Right

No Passing

No Unloading

These Vehicles Prohibited

Horse Drawn Carriages Prohibited

Farm Equipment Prohibited

Bicycles Prohibited

Pedestrians Prohibited

Trucks Prohibited

Horn Prohibited

Maximum Weight

Maximum Height

Maximum Clearance

Inspection Area

Speed Bump
numerous variations

Parking Okay

No Parking

No Parking Section Ends Here

Yield

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Mechanic

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This is a typical direction sign in the Yucatan just outside Merida. Notice "Centro" on the top sign indicating that is the way to the center of Merida.

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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