Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely different experience than traveling in the US, and tourists and travelers need to understand that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common law, there are only a few paved roads, mainly key highways, and yet those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are unpaved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the nation is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their visit to Nicaragua, they only go across the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely different in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where a person is killed is immediately under arrest until the reason of the fender bender can be determined. You should never change a car involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the liability consequently lands on the individual who changed the position of the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Even the best roads in the country have dangers that can cause a wreck. Travelers to the country are fiercely directed to have insurance, be positive their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and at all times to have a cell phone in case your vehicle gets stuck has engine trouble in a rural area. Even better, tourists are advised to take on a professional driver acquainted with the area in the wilderness and let him ferry you everywhere. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and rife with crooks.

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