DRIVING IN ICELAND – IMPORTANT GUIDANCE

Here is some important guidance about driving in Iceland. Adhering to these points should improve your ability to have a safe and enjoyable visit in Iceland.

  • Each and every driver and passenger in a vehicle should wear a seatbelt and is required to do so by law. A substantial police fine may be incurred for contravention.
  • Each vehicle on the road is required by law to have full main beam lights turned on. It is not sufficient to use a daylight setting.
  • Show consideration when approaching single width bridges and junctions. Reduce speed early.
  • Road conditions in Iceland are varied and can change suddenly – this is true in summer and winter. Fara fit high quality quality tyres that are suitable to provide the best possible grip for the varied road surfaces, but tyres may still loose grip if the vehicle travels faster than the conditions allow.
  • Weather in Iceland can be unpredicable. It is important to slow down and consider safety first in adverse weather conditions. When possible refer to weather forecasts to try and avoid extreme weather.
  • GPS Guidance Systems enable easy travelling in unfamiliar places. It should be noted that the driver should read the road in front of him first and consider the guidance information second. There are a number of old roads and removed bridges in Iceland. Fara uses the most up to date GPS systems and maps available to reduce chances of guidance error.

A road traffic charter was issued on 2013. A summary of it is shown below:

  • I never drive under the influence of alcohol
  • I indicate early to enable others to foresee my road movements
  • I respect speed limits
  • I do not allow mobile/call phones or others to disturb my driving
  • I do not cross junctions on a red signal
  • I keep a good distance to the car in front
  • I show courtesy and waive or smile to show gratitude to others
  • I use the alternate method at busy junctions
  • I keep the vehicle to the right on the road or at junctions
  • I maximise visibility by use of lights and/or reflective markings
  • I park the vehicle in a manner that not cause obstruction or inconvenience
  • I consider the environment and conditions to keep speed appropriate
  • I demonstrate responsibility to avoid accidents

Below are photos that demonstrate the difference in road conditions between a main highway and minor roads.

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