Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely different occurrence versus driving in the US, and travelers and travelers should understand that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, primarily main highways, and yet those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and obstacles, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling in the country is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Travelers are warned that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their visit to Nicaragua, they are to cross the borders at the main border-crossing places, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a fender bender where a person dies is instantly detained until the reason of the fender bender can be determined. You must never change a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police get there or the liability automatically lands on the person who changed the position of the vehicle.

At a time when the government is devoting money for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Even the best highways in the country contain dangers that can lead to an accident. Tourist to the country are intensely directed to retain insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, tourists are directed to take on a professional driver familiar with the area in the country and let him drive you everywhere. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and rife with criminals.

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