Is Driving at Night in Nicaragua Safe?
This image you see below depicts an average Nicaraguan driving experience.
Notice the broken down vehicle on the side of the road. The banana truck can only avoid him by inches because of the big rig in the oncoming lane. On the left are a couple of horses…that at anytime…may decide the grass is greener on the other side of the road.
Now imagine this scene at night…in the pitch dark.
While driving at night in Nicaragua you won’t see roaming marauders cruising the highways looking for unsuspecting tourists — the experience will be less Mad Max and more mad dog, or worse, mad cow — but you can expect to see the following:
…people seated on the side of the road
…a car with no headlights
…a motorcycle without a tail light
…or a person staggering drunk walking the yellow line.
It’s highly unlikely that cyclists, ox carts or the people sitting on the side of the highway will be adorned with any type of reflective safety gear.
There’s no telling what other odd and interesting obstacles you may encounter…causing your nerves to fray…especially if you are driving from the airport and tired from a long flight.
Sometimes paying a bit of cash to hire a reliable driving service is money well spent.
If you do decide to drive at night you better go slow and keep your head on a swivel. And don’t even think about doing something crazy…like multi-tasking.
Is driving at night in Nicaragua safe? We’ll let you be the judge of that!