Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Driving in Nicaragua is an exceedingly dissimilar experience versus traveling across the US, and travelers and tourists should be aware of that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, primarily key highways, and yet those are not in good shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are not paved and uneven, full of potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving through the countryside is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras during their visit to Nicaragua, they are to 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. Motorists involved in a wreck in which someone dies is instantly under arrest until the source of the wreck can be discovered. You should never change a car involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the accountability consequently lands on the individual who moved the car.

As the government is investing funds for infrastructure, including bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Even the best highways in the nation have dangers that can lead to a wreck. Tourist to the nation are fiercely directed to carry insurance, be positive their car is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone in case your car gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are advised to hire a professional driver familiar with the roads in the countryside and let him chauffer you around. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with criminals.

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