Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely different occurrence versus driving across the US, and sightseers and travelers should be aware of that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a universal law, there are just a small number paved roads, mainly main highways, and still those are not in good condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and uneven, full of potholes and obstructions, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the nation is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Tourists are cautioned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their visit to Nicaragua, they only cross 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 an accident in which someone dies is immediately under arrest till the source of the accident can be determined. You must never change a vehicle involved in the accident till the police arrive or the liability consequently falls on the individual who changed the position of the vehicle.

While the government is financing money for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Still the best highways in the country include dangers that can cause an accident. Visitors to the country are strongly directed to retain insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, tourists are advised to take on a trained driver acquainted with the roads in the wilderness and let him chauffer you everywhere. Never take a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and riddled with lawbreakers.

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