Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different experience versus traveling across the US, and sightseers and travelers should be aware of that previous to hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are just a small number paved roads, mostly main highways, and even those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even think of them as that, are unpaved and rough, filled with potholes and hazards, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the nation is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their visit to Nicaragua, they only cross the borders at the main border-crossing places, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are very different in the country as well. Drivers involved in a wreck in which a person dies is immediately under arrest until the reason of the wreck can be determined. You should never change a vehicle involved in the accident until the police arrive or the liability automatically falls on the individual who changed the position of the vehicle.

At a time when the government is devoting funds for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation contain hazards that can bring about an accident. Visitors to the nation are intensely advised to carry insurance, be positive their vehicle is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets stuck has engine trouble in a rural area. Better yet, visitors are instructed to hire a trained driver acquainted with the area in the country and let him ferry you from one place to another. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in terrible shape and rife with lawbreakers.

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