Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely different experience than driving in the US, and travelers and travelers must understand that before traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a general rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, mostly main highways, and yet those are not in good shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are unpaved and rutted, filled with potholes and obstacles, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Tourists are told that when considering a visit 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 places, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely different in the country as well. Drivers involved in an accident in which someone is killed is immediately under arrest until the reason of the wreck can be discovered. You must never change a vehicle involved in the accident until the police arrive or the accountability consequently lands on the person who moved the vehicle.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation have dangers that can lead to a crash. Tourist to the nation are intensely directed to retain insurance, be positive their vehicle is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone in case your car gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Even better, visitors are directed to take on a trained driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him ferry you around. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad condition and riddled with lawbreakers.

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