Jan 6, 2006, 8:15 AM
Post #7 of 9
I Meant to say between Mazatlan and Tepic. The cuotas along the whole stretch are just fine. I said it is among the most dangerous because I haven't been on all Mexican hiways, but have been on a lot of them. If the Durango/Mazatlan hiway is worse, I'd just as soon stay off of it. Come late January, we will have driven from Ajijic to Playa del Carmen and back - two different routes - and from Ajijic to Tijuana within a month.
I agree that defensive driving is the answer, but still think the road is very dangerous as indicated by the multitude of shrines and the number of accidents we have seen in the brief time that we have been on this road.
That being said, travel midmorning, midweek over that stretch of road, as we intend to do in a couple of weeks, helps to relieve the problem of conjestion a great deal.
I also agree that most of the two lane roads in Mexico are quite dangerous, both because of the way people drive and because of the way roads are often built - very narrow, quite a ways above the surrounding landscape, and often without shoulders to use in emergencies. On our recent trip, we saw a number of people changing tires along the road barely - or not even - off the driving surface - usually with their backs to oncoming traffic and with passengers standing around not paying attention to traffic.
Of course none of this has to do with a bus trip over the route. Sorry.