DRIVING IN ICELAND

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  • Road conditions in Iceland alter significantly. Route 1 is typically paved but other country roads are sometimes really narrow steep and washboarded gravel tracks with potholes and pointed corners. Those unaware of such conditions regularly find it difficult to drive on Icelandic roads particularly gravel roads.
  • Select a vehicle which you are comfortable with driving and can handle easily.
  • The speed limit in built up areas is typically 50 km an hour. Outside cities it is 90 km on paved roads and 80 km on gravel roads. Always adjust your speed to the driving conditions.
  • The utilization of front and rear seat belts is mandatory They save lives!
  • Slow down when you meet other cars especially when driving on a gravel road. Where the road changes from a paved road to a gravel road you need to slow down considerably. Many significant accidents happen each year at such places particularly among drivers who are unfamiliar with such road conditions lose control of their automobile and drive off the road.
  • Blind peaks aren't unusual in Iceland. Slow down and keep to the right-hand edge of the road.
  • One-lane bridges are still typically found in Iceland. Slow down and watch out when driving across them. Roads are often raised on embankments to keep them clear of winter snows. So roll-over accidents often occur when drivers lose control over their vehicles and drive off the road. Such accidents can be particularly serious especially when seat belts aren't used.
  • There's daylight 24 hours a day in the summertime. Drivers must be aware of this and not drive for too long as they would otherwise go to sleep behind the wheel.
  • Domestic animals are usually close to or perhaps on country roads. If you hit a domestic animal you have to alert the nearest farm or police. Most farmers are insured today. Be careful of lambs who may run to their ma across the road when they get shocked. Do not try to make a unexpected swing around an animal as this can lead you to lose control of the automobile and roll-over.
  • The utilising of hands-free kits is mandatory for cell-phone use while driving. Driving while inebriated from drug or alcohol use is prohibited.
  • Headlights are required to be lit 24 hours a day while the auto is in operation. Climate conditions can change quickly irrespective of whether it is summer or winter. When driving at winter time ask about the road conditions prior to going and leave a travel plan. Call 902 0600 for road info.

Watch out and have a safe trip!