Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely different experience than driving across the US, and tourists and vacationers should realize that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common law, there are only a small number paved roads, mostly key highways, and even those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are unpaved and rutted, containing potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the nation is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Tourists are told that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their stay in Nicaragua, they should cross 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 a wreck in which someone is killed is instantly under arrest until the reason of the wreck can be verified. You must never move a car involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the individual who moved the car.

As the government is investing money for infrastructure, including bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best highways in the nation contain hazards that can lead to a crash. Tourist to the nation are strongly directed to retain insurance, be positive their car is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped has engine trouble in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to take on a professional driver acquainted with the roads in the wilderness and let him ferry you everywhere. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and rife with lawbreakers.

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