Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence than driving across the US, and travelers and travelers should understand that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common law, there are merely a few paved roads, mostly major highways, and even those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the countryside is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Travelers are told that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their stay in Nicaragua, they only 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. Drivers involved in a wreck in which a person dies is immediately under arrest until the source of the fender bender can be verified. You should never change a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police get there or the accountability consequently lands on the person who moved the vehicle.

While the government is devoting money for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the country have threats that can lead to a wreck. Tourist to the country are strongly recommended to carry insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone in case your car gets trapped has engine trouble in the countryside. Even better, visitors are directed to hire a qualified driver acquainted with the area in the country and let him drive you everywhere. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and riddled with crooks.

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