Driver Safety in Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence versus driving in the US, and tourists and vacationers must understand that before traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are only a few paved roads, mainly main highways, and yet those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rough, filled with potholes and hazards, dark, and have no shoulder.

Traveling through the country is done on the right-hand side, as 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 incredibly different in the country as well. Drivers involved in an accident where someone is killed is instantly under arrest until the source of the fender bender can be verified. You must never move a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the accountability consequently lands on the individual who moved the vehicle.

As the government is investing money for infrastructure, consisting of bettering roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Still the best highways in the country have dangers that can lead to an accident. Visitors to the country are fiercely directed to retain insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone in case your vehicle gets stuck has engine trouble in a rural area. Better yet, tourists are instructed to take on a professional driver acquainted with the roads in the wilderness and let him drive you around. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor shape and rife with criminals.

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