The Green Angels of Mexico, free roadside assistance for everyone
Road trips can be a great experience in Mexico. With a relatively flat environment and well-designed infrastructure, it’s easy to drive pretty much anywhere you want. A weekend trip down the coast to Majahual, a scenic drive to the Yucatan interior to experience the beautiful city of Valladolid or even a quick day trip to Cancun for some all-inclusive shopping.
Regardless of where you want to go, Mexican roadways can get you there. For some, the worry lies more in the reliability of the vehicle than anything else. With scorching heat and long distances between towns, breaking down along a highway in Mexico can be enough to leave anyone feeling stranded — and all the worse if you’re traveling with small children or pets.
One thing that’s important to point out is that the popular North American AAA (also known as Triple A) service does not exist here. AAA stands for American Auto Association – there’s nothing Mexican about it. If you do happen to break down and find yourself with that stranded feeling, there is a roadside assistance program you can contact.
No matter if you’re American, Canadian, European, Mexican, a visitor, a lost vagabond, a snowbird, or a full time expat, they’ll help you – for free. Mexico is one of the few countries that offers this free service to motorists…all motorists.
“Los Angeles Verdes” or “Green Angels” provides free assistance for vehicle breakdowns or roadside emergencies on all major toll highways in Mexico. Bilingual and trained in CPR, the guys driving the shiny white trucks with the Green Angels logo are mechanics that drive more than 200 miles each and every day. Mexico’s Green Angels patrol more than 80 percent of the country’s roadways.
If you have an emergency while driving, you can call the Ministry of Tourism hotline 01-555-250-8221 to ask for their help or 078 to reach the Green Angels. Their services include protection, medical first aid, mechanical aid for your car and basic supplies. The Green Angels carry spare gas and oil and are prepared to do minor mechanical repairs. You will not be charged for services, only for parts, gas and oil — but it’s always a good gesture to tip them.
The Green Angels patrol daily, from dawn until sunset. If you are unable to call them, pull off the road and lift the hood of your car. Chances are good they will find you.