Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different experience versus driving across the US, and travelers and vacationers need to realize that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are only a small number paved roads, mainly main highways, and yet those are not in good shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and obstructions, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the nation is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their stay in Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely different in the country as well. Travelers involved in a fender bender where an individual dies is instantly under arrest until the cause of the accident can be determined. You must never change a vehicle involved in the accident until the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the person who moved the vehicle.

While the government is financing money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation contain threats that can cause a wreck. Visitors to the nation are intensely advised to carry insurance, be positive their vehicle is in total observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously have a cell phone should your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to hire a trained driver acquainted with the area in the country and let him ferry you everywhere. Never take a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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