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Mexico boasts an extensive network of well maintained toll roads throughout the country. The cost for the toll varies, but information about the cost can be found on the Caminos y Puentes Federales website or the Secretaria de Communicacion y Transportes (SCT) website.
If you don't read Spanish, you may want to follow these directions: From the Caminos y Puentes homepage, select the left menu option that says "Para Viajar" and then select the right menu option that says "Traza Tu Ruta." Next, click on the green link in the center of the page that says "Traza Tu Ruta." This application will allow you to select from what city you are originating and then your destination.
Zip through the toll booths with IAVE - the electronic way to pay!
Did you know when you pay a toll you are automatically covered by the insurance provided by Caminos y Puentes Federales? When you receive the receipt from the toll booth (make sure to keep it in a safe place you will need it to file a claim) read the back of it. It may say something like this: "El seguro cubre responsabilidad civil, gastos medicos y ultimos gastos." English translation: "Insurance covers civil liability, medical payments and funeral expenses." This insurance has always been somewhat of a mystery to people. What exactly does it cover? Here we explain what it does (and doesn't cover) while you are on the toll road.Toll Road Insurance Coverage:
The insurance covers two different situations. One, if you are at fault it will cover the following:
Secondly, if you are not at fault, it will pay for :
You may learn more and read the conditions of the insurance in Spanish by visiting the Seguro del Usuario page on Caminos y Puentes website.
The green angels are mobile mechanics who patrol the Mexican toll roads in spiffy green trucks to offer free assistance in the case of a breakdown (labor and towing are free, but to replace a part would be at the expense of the car owner). In addition, they are equipped to give tourist information as they are connected to government offices via a network. Although their services are free, tips are appreciated.
Take notice of the emergency signs along the road with phone numbers. If your vehicle breaks down, pull over to the side of the road and lift the hood to signal them. Call one of the numbers below depending upon which toll road you are on and the green angels are on their way to help.
The extensive network of toll roads is country wide. View a map of the routes that are patrolled by the green angels.