Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar occurrence than driving across the US, and tourists and vacationers need to understand that before hitting the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, mostly main highways, and still those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are not paved and uneven, filled with potholes and hazards, dark, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the nation is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Visitors are cautioned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their visit to Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are very different in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck in which someone is killed is immediately arrested until the reason of the accident can be discovered. You should never change a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police get there or the accountability consequently lands on the person who moved the vehicle.

While the government is investing funds for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the highways. Even the best highways in the nation have dangers that can lead to a crash. Tourist to the nation are strongly advised to carry insurance, be positive their vehicle is in total accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and at all times to have a cell phone should your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, travelers are instructed to take on a trained driver familiar with the area in the country and let him ferry you around. At no time ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and riddled with crooks.

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