Proving yet again that they are available for more than high-quality Mexican auto insurance policies, Mexican Insurance Store now keeps travelers informed about Mexican travel alerts and Mexican Auto Insurance Protection. Ongoing violence south of the border has prompted the U.S. State Department and Canadian government to issue safety alerts to would-be travelers. “Is there a problem? Generally no, but in some areas yes,” says Linden Gray, the president of Mexican Insurance Store. “Should people avoid Mexico? Absolutely not. The internet in general and our website offers plenty of resources that keep travelers informed about the situation in Mexico.
“The Americans [a USA Today Travel reporter] spoke with there were worried about the bum rap they believe the entire country is getting due to drug violence that, for the most part, is concentrated hundreds of miles away near the U.S. border.
“‘There is very little crime here, and what there is doesn’t affect gringos,’ said Irina Posner, a retired CBS News employee and one of an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 ex-pats who live full or part-time in San Miguel. ‘We love this town. We feel safe in this town.'”
Interested travelers are advised to book their trips and then keep their eyes on the travel alerts that are regularly issued by the U.S. and Canadian governments. Alerts are available online. “Through our site, travelers can find links to great resources for Mexican travel alerts,” says one employee. “They can also study up about the majority of Mexico which is peaceful, and they can get all kinds of additional advice too.
Travel alerts must be taken seriously, but travelers shouldn’t cross Mexico off their lists just yet. “It’s too bad that Mexico has developed this reputation,” says one employee. “While it’s true that drug related violence happens in Mexico, the reality is that it’s usually concentrated to very specific areas involving the drug gangs themselves.” In most cases, it’s perfectly safe for travelers to simply avoid driving through certain areas at night and continue on to their ultimate destinations. “It’s not like you have to avoid the country of Mexico entirely,” adds the employee. “By checking travel alerts from the government, you can learn about which areas you should avoid.”
“I go down to Mexico once every month or two,” says one regular Mexican Insurance Store customer. “I’ve never had to change my plans due to violence south of the border. I was alerted to such problems through the State Department website once, which I learned about through the Mexican Insurance Store blog. Mexican Insurance Store.com offers the only Roadside Assistance Guarantee in the Mexican Auto Insurance Industry. Their blog and their article section are really useful for other information too. I’ve learned to check in regularly at the U.S. State Department website.”
Mexican Insurance Store is in the business of selling quality Mexican auto insurance, but the company is also there to provide support for travelers. “We don’t want to sell insurance at all costs,” says Gray. “We don’t want people traveling into danger zones in Mexico. At the same time, we don’t want people to miss out on great vacation opportunities because of unfair stereotypes. There is violence in the U.S. as well. With quality Mexican auto insurance and regular visits to the State Department or Canadian government website, travelers can stay safe and make informed decisions.” The State Department site is free to use, and it is updated on a daily basis to provide up-to-the-minute information for travelers.