Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very dissimilar occurrence than driving across the US, and travelers and vacationers need to be aware of that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common law, there are only a few paved roads, mainly main highways, and even those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and uneven, full of potholes and hazards, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the countryside is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Tourists are cautioned 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 very different in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident in which a person is killed is instantly arrested till the source of the accident can be discovered. You should never change a car involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the liability automatically falls on the individual who changed the position of the car.

At a time when the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the country include dangers that can lead to an accident. Visitors to the country are intensely recommended to carry insurance, be positive their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone should your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down in a rural area. Better yet, travelers are directed to hire a trained driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him drive you around. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and rife with criminals.

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