Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different experience than driving across the US, and travelers and tourists should understand that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common law, there are merely a small number paved roads, mainly main highways, and even those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are not paved and uneven, filled with potholes and obstructions, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the country is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Tourists are told that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras during their stay in Nicaragua, they should cross the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are incredibly diverse in the country as well. Drivers involved in a wreck where a person is killed is instantly detained until the reason of the accident can be determined. You must never move a car involved in the accident until the police arrive or the accountability automatically falls on the person who changed the position of the car.

As the government is investing money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the highways. Even the best roads in the country contain dangers that can bring about a wreck. Travelers to the country are intensely advised to have insurance, be positive their car is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and at all times to have a cell phone should your car gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Even better, visitors are directed to hire a trained driver acquainted with the roads in the country and let him drive you everywhere. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and riddled with lawbreakers.

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