The Joy of Moving
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When I think of Mazatlan I think of a big BUMP. They are everywhere; mostly in residential areas, to keep traffic moving slowly. I get the purpose, but they are really annoying because if you don't see one, you could kill one of your tires, if not all four.
These bumps have official names, vibradores or topes depending on what they are used for.
Topes are a large lengthy (much like a log in the road) rises in the street that you do no want to drive over at any speed. Topes are several small baseball size bumps that serve two purposes. They warn you that you are driving too fast and that there is the possibility of pedestrians crossing in that area.
Forunately I no longer have a car, but I do ride in them occasionally. In some towns the shocks in cars don't last very long and need to be replaced often.
If you are not familiar with the area, it is easy to drive over them without warning. It helps to watch the car in front because they will slow down and let you know what is coming your way.
Vibradores are also on the highways. They appear when there is bus stop and where pedestrians may need to cross the street to catch a bus. There are a lot of school buses that let students off in areas out in the country.
When my mother and I drove to Phoenix to visit her friend we were always happy to cross the border and not have to worry about the topes or vibradores in the roads.
Just a side issue but there are very few cross walks in Mazatlan. Most stop lights don't work either. This makes crossing the street difficult.
I asm still tryihng to get settled into my new apartment. Next to big bumps in the road, moving is another choice you may want to avoid in Mazatlan.