Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an exceedingly different occurrence than driving in the US, and travelers and travelers should be aware of 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 condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and uneven, containing potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving through the countryside is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their visit to Nicaragua, they should cross the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are very diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a fender bender in which a person dies is instantly under arrest till the source of the accident can be discovered. You must never change a car involved in the accident till the police get there or the accountability consequently lands on the individual who moved the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including upgrading 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 lead to a wreck. Travelers to the country are intensely directed to have insurance, be positive their car is in total compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and at all times to carry a cell phone should your car gets stuck or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, tourists are directed to hire a qualified driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him drive you everywhere. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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