Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence than traveling across the US, and sightseers and travelers must realize that before traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a universal rule, there are just a couple of paved roads, mostly key highways, and yet those are not in good condition. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are unpaved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Tourists are warned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras during their stay in Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are incredibly different in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident where someone dies is instantly under arrest till the cause of the accident can be discovered. You must never move a car involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the individual who changed the position of the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best highways in the country contain dangers that can cause a crash. Tourist to the country are intensely directed to carry insurance, be positive their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and at all times to have a cell phone in case your car gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to take on a qualified driver familiar with the area in the countryside and let him ferry you around. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and rife with criminals.

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