Nicaragua - Rules of the Road

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence versus driving across the US, and travelers and vacationers need to be aware of that before hitting the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common law, there are merely a few paved roads, primarily main highways, and even those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are not paved and rutted, full of 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. Tourists are cautioned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration 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. Travelers involved in a wreck where a person is killed is instantly under arrest till the cause of the fender bender can be discovered. You should never move a vehicle involved in the car crash till the police get there or the responsibility automatically falls on the individual who moved the vehicle.

At a time when the government is devoting funds for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation contain dangers that can lead to a crash. Travelers to the nation are strongly directed to retain insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone should your car gets stuck has engine trouble in the countryside. Even better, tourists are directed to take on a professional driver acquainted with the roads in the country and let him ferry you around. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and rife with criminals.

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