Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely different occurrence versus driving in the US, and tourists and travelers should understand that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common law, there are merely a small number paved roads, mostly key highways, and still those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are not paved and uneven, filled with potholes and obstacles, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their stay in Nicaragua, they are to 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. Motorists involved in a wreck in which a person dies is immediately under arrest till the reason of the wreck can be verified. You should never move a vehicle involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the individual who changed the position of the vehicle.

As 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 have dangers that can cause a wreck. Travelers to the nation are strongly directed to retain insurance, be positive their vehicle is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone should your car gets stuck has engine trouble in a rural area. Even better, tourists are advised to take on a qualified driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him ferry you everywhere. At no time ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and riddled with crooks.

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