Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an exceedingly dissimilar occurrence versus traveling in the US, and sightseers and travelers must understand that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common law, there are merely a couple of paved roads, mostly major highways, and even those are in poor condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing 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 warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their stay in Nicaragua, they should go across the borders at the main border-crossing places, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where someone dies is immediately arrested until the cause of the accident can be determined. You must never move a car involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the responsibility consequently lands on the person who moved 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 roads. Still the best highways in the nation have threats that can cause an accident. Travelers to the nation are strongly recommended to retain insurance, make sure their car is in total compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone should your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Even better, visitors are advised to take on a trained driver familiar with the area in the countryside and let him drive you everywhere. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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