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Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Driving in Nicaragua is a very dissimilar occurrence than traveling across the US, and travelers and travelers need to understand that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, mainly major highways, and still those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and uneven, containing potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the nation is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are cautioned 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 very diverse in the country as well. Drivers involved in a wreck in which someone is killed is immediately arrested until the source of the accident can be determined. You should never change a car involved in the car crash until the police get there or the liability consequently falls on the individual who moved the car.

While the government is devoting funds for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the nation contain hazards that can bring about a crash. Travelers to the nation are strongly advised to retain insurance, make sure their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone should your car gets stuck or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to take on a professional driver acquainted with the area in the country and let him drive you from one place to another. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and rife with criminals.

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