Drive very carefully and schedule a few extra hours of driving time.
As of this report there were several army check points you must go through. These stops are manned by the army, they are looking for guns and drugs. They may partially search your vehicle at a few of them, especially driving north. They are, for the most part, very polite. Just relax, be polite and let them do their job and you will soon be on your way. Note: if your going north the army guys that man the check points much more serious than they are when you are traveling south.
If you are planning a drive down Baja, we strongly recommend that you check the current road conditions with someone near the border before attempting the drive. Always obtain Mexican auto insurance! Your policy from the U.S. or Canada does not cover you below Ensenada, in Mexico. DON’T DRIVE AT NIGHT! Keep in mind that most of the road is open range, keep your eyes open for cattle and other animals!
Driving in Baja
No special permits or bonds are needed, unless you plan to continue on to Mexico’s mainland. Be sure to get Mexican insurance before crossing the border, as your U.S. insurance is not valid in Mexico. Do not drive in Mexico without insurance! Keep your gas tank as close to full as possible, even if it means extra stops. You never know when the next gas station will be closed or out of gas. It is a good idea to carry a gas can, with gas in it. The roads are constantly patrolled by the Green Angels (daytime hours only) who will help with gas and very minor repairs. These angels of mercy will pass by eventually, although you will probably be helped before they arrive by others passing by. The roads are generally safe, but narrow by U.S. standards, be extra careful. Don’t drive at night unless you are curious about the real meaning of “Road Kill”. Even in the day time, WATCH FOR CATTLE!!!