Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar occurrence versus driving in the US, and travelers and travelers should understand that before traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a general law, there are merely a couple of paved roads, mainly main highways, and yet those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rough, filled with potholes and obstacles, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving through the countryside is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Travelers are cautioned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their visit to Nicaragua, they only 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 where a person is killed is instantly detained until the source of the accident can be verified. You should never move a vehicle involved in the fender bender until the police get there or the liability consequently falls on the individual who moved the vehicle.

While the government is investing money for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation have dangers that can cause a wreck. Tourist to the nation are strongly directed to retain insurance, be positive their vehicle is in total accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone should your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, visitors are directed to take on a trained driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him chauffer you everywhere. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with criminals.

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