Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different experience versus driving across the US, and travelers and travelers should be aware of that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a general rule, there are only a small number paved roads, mostly major highways, and even those are not in good condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the nation is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Travelers are cautioned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their visit to Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are incredibly different in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck in which someone dies is instantly under arrest until the source of the fender bender can be discovered. You must never change a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the individual who changed the position of the vehicle.

As the government is financing funds for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the country contain threats that can cause an accident. Visitors to the country are intensely directed to retain insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full accordance 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 advised to hire a qualified driver acquainted with the area in the wilderness and let him chauffer you everywhere. At no time ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and riddled with criminals.

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