If you're driving on 1D, or even any simple numbered road, you'll be OK (though on Route 3, you may want to watch out for the sharp curves in the mountains with no shoulder or guardrail, and trucks flying around the turns as if it's some amusement park game). It's when you hit the small roads that you start to have problems. We crawled at an average of less than 10 MPH to keep the shocks from getting destroyed by the cracks and potholes, and I had to get out on occasion to push the car through the mud. Every now and then, somebody would come flying past us (doing an astounding 20 MPH or so) and we'd wonder how in the world he does that in such a crappy car; then, five miles down the road, we'd find him broken down. Don't even think of trying these roads at night. In your headlights, the potholes are indistinguishable from shadows, and some of them are deep enough that your undercarriage is likely to be taken out.
Another occasional worry is the bulls, which often roam freely and have, on occasion, threatened to charge at my car. Another reason for my advice above--many of these bulls are black as night. And guess what? So is the night! You won't see them in time.
Be prepared to fight back stray dogs nipping at you when out at night. They can be a menacing lot, and rabid, too. Basically they are territorial and work each other up over a percieved intruder, so give them a wide berth so you can avoid confontation.
i will reiterate a tip i came across on various baja sites...dont drive at night!! you are on unmaginable cliffs where you dont know what will be careening around the bend. Not to mention livestock, wild animals, you name it...its the wilds of mexico. it was unfortunte that we had to spend so much of the sunny days in the car, but the scenery is ever-changing and beautiful.
When driving, watch out for cows, goats, other livestock, potholes, and people crossing. they appear out of nowhere... The cows show up in the late afternoon, they like to munch on the green stuff that grows on the side of the roads, and they cross the roads very slowly... the goats usually pick up their pace when they see a car coming...
Some road signs to watch out for:
TOPES = bump
CURVA PELIGROSA = dangerous curve
A SIGN W/ WATER = usually the road dips right after the sign, so when it rains hard, the water accumulates in that dip, forming a puddle. When it rains a lot, that puddle becomes moving water (flash flood), and it might wash your car away...
Use skin protection with a decent SPF.
Avoid swimming at any beach that is not certified as safe 0- there are a few, but most are too dangerous (red flag) to swim!
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