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Guide to rainy border crossings

By February 19, 2024March 15th, 2024No Comments

Guide to rainy border crossings

As a working professional, crossing the border between Tijuana and the United States is already a routine with its own challenges. But if the rain is pouring, navigating that journey can feel like an obstacle course.

Tips for Rain & Traffic Jams

Raindrops become obstacles to traffic. Slippery pavement slows down even the most cautious drivers, making for slower trips. Visibility plummets, leading to hesitant maneuvers and missed turns. Puddles become mini-lakes, forcing detours and adding valuable minutes to trips. From the children who go to school in the morning, the people who go to work, to public transportation, the rain affects everyone and especially those who go to another country, since there is traffic in the city and apart, in the queues to cross. Fear not, fellow rain-weary traveler! Here’s a guide to navigate the border minimizing its impact on your precious time.

  • Be an early bird: If the forecast screams “downpour,” consider leaving earlier than usual. This helps beat the traffic surge caused by others trying to avoid the rain.
  • Embrace real-time apps: Waze, Google Maps, and similar tools become your lifeline. Monitor traffic conditions and plan alternative routes around congested areas.
  • Explore pedestrian options: SENTRI lanes or the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) can offer faster crossings for pedestrians, although fees might apply. Consider these if rain has turned traffic into a nightmare.
  • Try CrossNow: Get a scooter rental service that will get you there in just 15 minutes, with no additional wait times due to rainy conditions.

Be Prepared, Be Proactive

  • Pack strategically: A waterproof backpack, quick-drying clothes, and an umbrella are your best allies.
  • Bring essentials: Pack snacks and water. Long waits in rain can sap your energy, so staying fueled is crucial.
  • Consider remote work options: If your job allows, ask about working remotely on rainy days. This saves you the commute hassle and keeps you productive.
  • Have your documents ready: Passport, visa (if required), and FMM (for Mexico stays) should be valid and easily accessible.
  • Enroll in trusted traveler programs: SENTRI or Ready Lanes offer expedited crossings, saving you precious minutes even in rain.
  • Stay informed: Follow local news, border crossing authority updates or Facebook groups for real-time traffic and weather conditions.

Bonus tip: 

  • Build Patience:Remember, you can’t control external factors, but you can choose how you react. Reaching your destination with a smile beats arriving stressed.

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