Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence than traveling in the US, and travelers and vacationers should understand that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a universal rule, there are merely a couple of paved roads, mostly main highways, and yet those are in poor condition. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, 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 warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras during their visit to Nicaragua, they should go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Motorists involved in a wreck in which someone dies is immediately under arrest till the reason of the wreck can be determined. You should never move a car involved in the car crash till the police get there or the responsibility consequently falls on the person who changed the position of the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Even the best roads in the country have hazards that can cause a wreck. Visitors to the country are strongly advised to have insurance, be positive their car is in total observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, tourists are directed to take on a trained driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him drive you around. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with criminals.

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