Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar experience versus driving in the US, and tourists and tourists need to understand that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a universal law, there are merely a few paved roads, mostly key highways, and yet those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are unpaved and rough, filled with 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. Visitors are told that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras during their stay in Nicaragua, they should go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where a person dies is immediately under arrest until the cause of the wreck can be discovered. You must never change a car involved in the fender bender until the police arrive or the accountability automatically lands on the individual who moved the car.

At a time when 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 nation have threats that can cause a wreck. Visitors to the nation are intensely directed to have insurance, be positive their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously have a cell phone should your vehicle gets trapped has engine trouble in the countryside. Even better, tourists are directed to hire a trained driver familiar with the roads in the countryside 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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