If you love driving, have enough patience, can handle hectic city traffic and can follow directions or the instructions of a GPS, driving in Mexico City could be an option for you.
For those that are hesitant to drive in a big city, you can always rent a car with a dive. This is perfect for a business trip, especially if you have meetings in different areas of the city.
Renting a car is a practical way to move around, especially if you need to go to several places in one day and if these places are far away from one another. This is especially a good option for those in the business sectors of the city as public transportation is scarce and can be a bit uncomfortable when people are wearing suits or high heels.
Similar to that of other major cities, you can easily find international car rental companies like Hertz, Budget, Avis and others. The system is the same, all you need is a credit card and a valid driver’s license.
Be mindful of several things while driving. You have to be cautions and pay attention to the road and other cars at all times. Mexico has similar traffic rules to many places, but people tend to forgo them. Make sure to be careful because people sometimes skip red lights, speed at the sight of a yellow light, and the turning light can be rare sight.
Before renting a car you should talk to the concierge of the hotel, your friends or business partners. Renting a car may also be a great idea so you can visit some cities and towns nearby.
Car sharing system
Aside from the car rental agencies, car sharing can be a great option. Carrot car share is a practical if you need a car for a short period of time and are just going to one place. It will be cheaper and most of the cars in use are electric and have zero CO2 emissions.
Carrot is the country’s first car share initiative with 8,500 members in Mexico City. Some studies show that the introduction of shared cars will reduce the overall number of drivers on the road. Carrot offers both classic, two-way car sharing services and free-floating, one-way car sharing services in Mexico City, Toluca and Puebla.
Carrot is working on a partnership with government owned Ecobici bike sharing company to encourage people to use active transportation instead of using the private automobiles. This is part of an environmental solution that takes cars off the road and gives more space for pedestrian and cyclists.
There is more to know about driving in Mexico City, make sure to check the Tips section of my blog, there you’ll find more about parking, parking meters, toll roads, and the “hoy no circula” program.