Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar experience than traveling across the US, and travelers and travelers need to be aware of that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common rule, there are merely a couple of paved roads, mostly major highways, and yet those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and obstructions, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Tourists are told that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their visit to Nicaragua, they are to cross the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are incredibly different in the country as well. Motorists involved in a wreck where a person dies is instantly arrested till the cause of the wreck can be determined. You must never move a car involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the accountability consequently falls on the person who moved the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Still the best roads in the nation have dangers that can lead to an accident. Travelers to the nation are strongly directed to retain insurance, make sure their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously have a cell phone should your car gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Even better, visitors are directed to hire a qualified driver acquainted with the roads in the country and let him drive you around. Never take a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and rife with criminals.

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