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Driving in Costa Rica can be an adventurous and rewarding experience, but it’s important to prioritize safety, especially for foreign travelers. Here are some driving tips to help you stay safe on Costa Rican roads:

  1. Drive During Daylight Hours:

   Stick to driving during daylight hours, as road conditions can be challenging at night. Limited visibility, unpredictable wildlife, and poorly marked roads make nighttime driving more hazardous.

  1. Use a Reliable GPS or Navigation App:

Make sure your GPS or navigation app is up-to-date and reliable. Some roads in Costa Rica may not be well-signposted, so having a good navigation system can help prevent getting lost, also having the WIFI divice we recommend downloading the Waze app, it is safer and has the advantage that when downloading the route it works without internet.

  1. Rent a 4×4 Vehicle:

   Opt for a 4×4 rental, especially if you plan to explore rural or off-the-beaten-path areas. Many attractions and accommodations are accessible via unpaved roads, and a 4×4 vehicle provides better traction.

  1. Be Cautious of Road Conditions:

   Keep an eye out for road conditions, especially during the rainy season. Heavy rains can lead to flooding, landslides, and challenging driving conditions. Check local weather forecasts and road conditions before embarking on your journey.

  1. Respect Traffic Laws:

   Familiarize yourself with Costa Rican traffic laws and regulations. Obey speed limits, use seat belts, and avoid using your phone while driving. Traffic violations can result in fines, and the police are known to enforce the rules.

  1. Drive Defensively:

   Be prepared for unexpected situations, and drive defensively. Costa Rican roads can be narrow, and local drivers may have different driving styles. Stay alert, and be cautious when overtaking or navigating tight turns.

  1. Beware of Wildlife:

   Costa Rica is home to diverse wildlife, and animals may cross the road unexpectedly. Watch out for signs indicating wildlife zones, especially in national parks and rural areas. Slow down in these areas to reduce the risk of collisions.

  1. Plan Your Route in Advance:

   Plan your route in advance and have a general idea of the distances and travel times between destinations. This helps you manage your time effectively and minimizes the chances of getting lost.

  1.  Take Breaks and Stay Hydrated:

   Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes can make for long and scenic drives. Take breaks to rest, stretch, and stay hydrated. Fatigue can be a significant factor in road safety.

  1.  Have Important Contacts:

    Carry important contact numbers, including your rental car agency, emergency services, and the local embassy or consulate. In case of an emergency, it’s crucial to have access to the necessary assistance.

  1.   Failure to park in areas where there is a yellow line is a high fine and may result in the confiscation of your license plates.
  2.  Respect speed limits, especially in areas where there are schools or colleges.

If you follow these driving tips and stay alert, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica and, at the same time, prioritize safety on the road, and remember that parking on a yellow line is not allowed and is a traffic infraction. If you are unsure of the road conditions or need help, do not hesitate to ask the locals or ask for advice at your lodging.

At EC Renta Car we offer you a variety of car options so that you can travel to every corner of the country with the greatest comfort, safety and freedom. We are sure that your experience will be unforgettable.  Let us be part of your adventure in Costa Rica:

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