Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different experience versus driving across the US, and tourists and travelers should understand that before traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a universal law, there are merely a few paved roads, mostly major highways, and even those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and uneven, containing potholes and hindrances, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the nation is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Travelers are warned that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of 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 extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident in which a person is killed is immediately under arrest till the cause of the accident can be discovered. You should never move a car involved in the fender bender till the police get there or the accountability automatically lands on the individual who moved the car.

As the government is investing funds for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Still the best roads in the nation have dangers that can cause a crash. Tourist to the nation are intensely directed to retain insurance, be positive their car is in total compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone should your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, visitors are advised to take on a professional driver familiar with the area in the country and let him ferry you everywhere. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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