Mexico’s Most Dangerous Roads & Highways 2021

Mexico is a beautiful country that is connected and intertwined with thousands of different roads. Of course, many of them are up to standards and safe, but some of them are very dangerous and you should avoid them at all costs.

Right now, the safest method of transportation around the world is with airplanes. Most people do not believe this, but it is a simple fact and it is true. Well, airplanes are the safest method, driving motorcycles is the most dangerous one. After motorcycles, cars are the second most dangerous. This shows us just how many times exactly we put ourselves in danger almost every day. Society is based on being a part of the traffic in these modern days which makes it normal for most of us.

However, this does not mean that we should give up entirely on driving on the ground. We have to accept the responsibility of these machines that way well over a ton and the dangers of traffic. Once we finally accept this fact, this information, only then we can start progressing to a safer society. This is very important, especially if we want our children to live in a better world.

In this article, I want to focus on the dangerous roads and highways in Mexico, especially this year. Mexico is not exactly a unique case of all the countries around the world, but I do find their roads quite interesting which is the reason why I decided to pick Mexico.

Coatzacoalcos – Villahermosa

Closer to the northern border and Guatemala is a highway that stretches for about 100 miles or 166 km. That does not sound like a lot because it is not a lot, objectively. Unfortunately, for some reason, this is a place where a lot of accidents happen. Just a few years ago, more than 200 accidents were reported between the port city Coatzacoalcos and Villahermosa. Both of these cities are quite major and big which means the path connecting these two is well-made.

We are talking about a freeway and not about some random dirt road. There is no exact reason why there are so many accidents here, but I can assume that the reason is that the distance between the two cities is very short. Since the distance is so short, people are probably trying to reach the city in the quickest way possible. This usually means going over the speed limit. Most people are probably driving well over 100 mph to reach Coatzacoalcos or Villahermosa in under an hour.

Keep in mind, this is just an assumption and it may not be true. But, we cannot ignore the fact that more than 20 people have lost their lives here in just one year.


Another short route, but a very dangerous one. This one is between the city known as Santiago de Queretaro and Leon. The distance between these two is under 200 km or a hundred and 25 miles. Again, it does not seem like a lot because it is not. But, unfortunately, for some places, even 50 km is too much.

Wherever you are headed to in Mexico, you will probably end up driving down this route that connects these two cities. Because if you want to get to Mexico City which is the capital, you will have to pass right next to Queretaro.

While most of the time the path will be fine and the cement will be marked properly, you will end up on a certain part of the road that will be a bit underdeveloped. This is the place where most of the accidents happen because it has been left unmarked and it is probably still in development after a couple of decades.

The reason behind this is the fact that the entire Bajio area started advancing too fast for its own good. The connections between most cities in this area were still not made while the volume of traffic is constantly increasing. More and more vehicles are driving to this area, making it a very dangerous place to be during peak traffic.

If you ever plan on driving through here, I would recommend being extra careful when passing through the valley and you should also probably get some insurance. If you click here, you can see that getting the insurance policies for a vehicle for Mexican roads is not that complicated.

Espinazo del Diablo or The Devil’s Backbone

Just by reading the name of this world, I think you can realize that it can be both very dangerous and very scary even for the best drivers. This one is a mountain road and of course, every path for vehicles in the mountains are more dangerous than others. Sharp turns, big drop-offs, and other problems make the drive a little bit more uncomfortable. But, the Espinazo del Diablo is more than just uncomfortable.

I would not recommend going here and trying to drive through this location, so I suggest you open up Google maps or any other map application and see for yourself. Assuming as much as you can and you will be amazed by the fact of just how sharp turns on this world are. What makes things even more interesting is the fact that vehicles are often met with a lot of rain. There also is not any kind of railing on the signs which means even one slightest mistake could lead to death. Combine that with the fact that you will be 1500 m above sea level, it really is a dangerous place and probably the most dangerous road in the entire country.

Since this road goes through/over a mountain, drivers are very frequently met with all kinds of animals from the wilderness. They can jump out in front of the vehicle at any time. The risk is simply too big to go anywhere near this path. Only the bravest or the most stubborn ones are willing to drive through the spine of the devil.

Keep in mind, Mexico is still a great country and most of its roads are in pristine shape. You should not let these three examples give you an idea of how the country treats its people and its visitors.