Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Traveling in Nicaragua is an exceedingly dissimilar experience versus traveling in the US, and sightseers and vacationers need to understand that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a universal law, there are merely a few paved roads, mostly major highways, and yet those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and obstacles, dark, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the country is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Visitors are told that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras during their visit to Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident in which a person dies is instantly under arrest till the source of the accident can be discovered. You should never change a vehicle involved in the fender bender till the police get there or the liability consequently lands on the person who changed the position of the vehicle.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best highways in the nation have threats that can bring about a crash. Visitors to the nation are intensely directed to retain insurance, be positive their vehicle is in total compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone should your car gets trapped has engine trouble in a rural area. Even better, visitors are directed to hire a trained driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him drive you everywhere. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and riddled with crooks.

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