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Rocky Point Travel Tips: Car Security

Car Safety in Rocky Point / Puerto Penasco 

Tips and facts on car safety in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco)

The first thing we would say is, “Don’t be scared.”  While we are going to talk about car theft, this is not the norm in Rocky Point.  It is no different than car theft in the states.

In the southwest, the ‘big’ cars are usually the targets – SUV’s, trucks, anything that can handle rougher terrain..

You should make sure to take some common-sense steps if you are driving. Perhaps you’ve heard these before, but here are some common car safety tips that bear repeating:

  • Always lock your doors. Don’t forget to properly seal those little vent windows, either.
  • Always park in well lit, public areas
  • Never leave any valuables in the car
  • Alarms? Good. Anti-theft devices? Also good. Ignition Locks? Even better. Are they are cure-all? Certainly not, but the more ‘layers’ of theft deterrent you use, the better.
  • This is reiterated on our insurance page, but don’t leave your insurance policies sitting in the glovebox. They do you no good if they are still sitting in the glovebox of the car you just had stolen.
  • Almost forgot – got OnStar? It’s completely worthless in Puerto Penasco, according to some of my readers. Read on for more ….

Renting a car is another option for you

There are a few rental companies that allow their cars into Mexico. Enteprise rent a car is one of them.  If you need to rent a car, you can click in the banner below:

Car Safety Tips in Puerto Penasco

1. Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Pre-Trip Inspection: Before embarking on your journey, make sure your car is in good working condition. Check your tires (including the spare), brakes, lights, oil, and water levels.
  • Emergency Kit: Pack an emergency kit that includes items such as jumper cables, a tire repair kit, a flashlight, batteries, and basic tools. Also, carry water and snacks.

2. Required Documentation

  • Insurance: Mexican law requires all vehicles to have Mexican auto insurance; U.S. or other foreign car insurances are not valid. Purchase a policy before your trip or at the border.
  • Vehicle Permit: Depending on how deep into Mexico you plan to drive, you might need a temporary vehicle import permit. For Puerto Peñasco, this is not typically required as it is within the “free zone.”

3. Driving Legally and Safely

  • Observe Local Laws: Adhere to local speed limits and road signs. Speed limits are usually posted in kilometers per hour.
  • Seat Belts: Always wear seat belts and ensure that all passengers do the same.
  • Avoid Night Driving: Try to plan your travel so that you drive during daylight hours. Road conditions and unexpected hazards can make night driving risky.
  • Alcohol Awareness: Drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced. Avoid driving under the influence to prevent legal issues and accidents.

4. Be Aware of Road Conditions

  • Road Quality: Be prepared for varying road conditions. While main roads are generally in good shape, some side roads may be unpaved or in poor condition.
  • Watch for Livestock: It’s not uncommon for livestock to wander onto the roads, so stay alert, especially in rural areas.

5. Parking and Security

  • Secure Parking: Always park in well-lit, secured areas. If your hotel offers guarded parking, use it.
  • Valuables: Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock them in the trunk or take them with you.
  • Vehicle Security: Consider using steering wheel locks or alarm systems to deter theft.

6. Local Assistance

  • Emergency Numbers: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local police and tourist assistance. The nationwide emergency number in Mexico is 911.
  • Consulate Information: Know the location and contact details of your country’s consulate in case of emergencies. Here is a link to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.