Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very dissimilar occurrence than traveling in the US, and travelers and vacationers need to understand that before traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are only a few paved roads, primarily key highways, and even those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and obstructions, dark, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are cautioned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras during their stay in Nicaragua, they only cross the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely different in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident in which a person dies is immediately under arrest till the cause of the wreck can be discovered. You should never move a car involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the responsibility automatically falls on the individual who changed the position of the car.

At a time when the government is financing funds for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the nation contain dangers that can lead to a crash. Tourist to the nation are strongly advised to retain insurance, make sure their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone in case your car gets stuck has engine trouble in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to take on a trained driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him drive you around. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and rife with lawbreakers.

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