DRIVE SAFELY

Iceland is a very unique country. We have a saying, if you don‘t like the weather, just wait five minutes. Driving in Iceland is also unique. Gravel roads, narrow roads, hurricane like winds and one lane bridges are just a few of the things that might impact your trip.

To us at Blue Car Rental, safety is our number one priority. We put a lot of emphasis on providing relevant and important information to ensure your safety on the road.

At the time of pick up, we will hand you our safety manual. We highly encourage you to go thorugh it. It is based on years of experience and is full of useful information.

Before that, here are our top tips so that your trip in Iceland is memorable only due to the wonderful things you experienced and not due to unpleasant incidents or unneccessary costs.

 

The road

Speed limits

The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas and 90 km/h on hard-surfaced roads. Please note: special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, narrow bridges, blind hill but there is generally no separate sign to reduce speed.

 

Narrow bridges - One lane bridges

Many bridges are too narrow to allow more than one car to cross at a time. Before entering one lane bridges please slow down and make sure that another vehicle coming from the opposite direction is not entering the bridge.

 

Gravel roads

Please drive extra carefully on gravel roads. Many roads outside the urban areas in Iceland are gravel roads. The speed limit is lower on gravel roads for a good reason. Please slow down.

 

Blind Crest

When driving in the country you will come across blind crests. Some of them are without any markings at all. Many of them however, are marked with the warning sign "OTHER DANGER" above the word "BLINDHÆÐ" (BLIND CREST). Please show extra caution when crossing blind crests.

 

River Crossing

Before crossing a river or a water make sure that no other route is possible! Be extremely careful when crossing rivers or water as it can be dangerous and the simplest mistake can drown the car. Keep in mind that damages caused by water or river crossing aren´t covered by insurances.

 

Off Road Driving

Off-roading is strictly forbidden in Iceland. The amazing Icelandic nature is sensitive so let´s treat it gently and with respect. F-Road and Off-road driving is not the same.

 

Animals

Please be prepared for farm animals grazing by the roadside and straying into or crossing the road. Drivers who cause injury or death to such animals may be liable to claims for compensation.

 

Your Safety

Seat Belts

Seat belts are mandatory in Iceland. All travellers are obliged to use safety seatbelts. This applies to those sitting in the back seats as well.

 

Child Seats

The driver is responsible that all children in the car use appropriate child seats. Blue Car Rental has top of the line child seats for rent.

 

Stopping the Car

Stopping the car on the side of the road can be dangerous and should be avoided unless there is an emergency. Please note: Stopping the car on the middle of the road for photo shooting can be extremely dangerous. Choose your photo locations carefully.

 

Drinking & Driving

It is forbidden to drive a motor vehicle in Iceland after drinking alcoholic beverages.

 

Driving Tired

Beware of getting too tired at the wheel. Iceland may look small on a map of the world, but distances that seem short on the map may take a long time to cover by car. So please take long journeys in easy stages and enjoy them to the full.

 

Summer Driving

River crossing

Before crossing a river or a water make sure that no other route is possible! Be extremely careful when crossing rivers or water as it can be dangerous and the simplest mistake can drown the car.


Drive very slowly but without hesitation so that water doesn´t reach and damage the engine or electrical 

system of the car. Use 1st or 2nd gear only, never take your foot of the gas and never apply the clutch in the middle of the river.

The Car

Headlights

Drivers are obliged to drive with headlights on at all times. If a passing car is flashing you, it means that you do not have your headlights on.

 

Fuel

There are two type of fuel in Iceland, diesel and petrol. Make sure to use the correct fuel type. It can be very expensive and time consuming mistake if you pump the wrong fuel. Normally the diesel pump is black and petrol is green.

 

Is it allowed to sit on the car?

No. Although it makes a good picture it is totally forbidden to stand or sit on the car in any circumstances.

 

Wind and Doors

Be very careful when opening doors because they can easily be damaged by strong gusts or wind. Keep in mind that damages caused by wind blowing up the door are not covered by insurances.

 

Brakedown or emergency

Who should I call in case of accident?

112 is Iceland’s emergency number. Make sure to call 112 if you have an emergency which requires the assistance of police or ambulance.

 

Who should I call in case of a breakdown?

Our phone number +354 7737070 is open 24/7 every day of the year.

 

What can we do if we get stuck in middle of nowhere?

The first thing is to call our break down number +354 773-7070. We will locate you and send help. Please note we have never lost any of our customer.

 

I got a flat Tyre, what can I do?

All our cars have all the tools and a spare tyre in the back of the car. If you can the easiest way would be to change the tyre yourself. If you have any problems, please call us.

 

I had a minor accident with another car, what should I do?

All our car have incident reports in the glove box. Please fill it out with the driver of the other car. It´s very important that you do this, this report could decide if you should pay for the damage or not. If you and the other driver don´t agree on what happened it´s always best to call 112 and request the police.

 

Road and traffic signs

Is it allowed to make a right turn at a red traffic light?

No, you can not make a right turn at a red traffic light.

Winter driving

Remove the snow

There are ice scrapers in all of our cars. During the winter it is highly important to remove snow and ice from the windscreen, windows, mirrors and lights. Make sure that the wipers are also clean and fully functional.

The wiper blades can be frozen to the windscreen so make sure you carefully pull them away from the screen and then remove the snow. Otherwise it can damage the wipers and the motor.

Reduced speed

The speed limit set at each point applies only during the best conditions. When driving on icy or snowy roads, reducing the speed is vital. It is more complicated to control the car under these circumstances and an incorrect reaction can cause the driver to lose control of the car.

 

*Please note: When you are driving on icy- or snowy roads the breaking distance increases significantly, even if the car has studded winter tires!

 

Icy and snowy roads

We often experience „Black Ice“ on the roads early in the morning or late at night so keep this in mind as it creates the most dangerous conditions. The roads can also be covered in snow. Although most of the main roads are either scraped or salted it is usually not enough.

 

*Please note: Pay close attention to the road conditions when the temperature is around 0-4 °C and when the weather is still.