Seat belts are mandatory. All travelers are obliged to use safety seatbelts. This applies to those sitting in the back seats as well.
*Please note: The driver is responsible for making sure that all passengers are wearing a seat belt. Violation of these rules can result in fines.
Stopping the Car
Stopping the car on the side of the road can be dangerous and should be avoided unless there is an emergency. When such an emergency occurs make sure the “hazard lights” are on and place the warning triangle around 90 meters behind the car on the side of the road.
The most common incident in Iceland, rental car or not, is a cracked windshield. While the damage itself is harmless, it can easily startle a driver when a rock hits the windshield. Additionally the crack can cause inconvenience during your trip.
Animals on the Road
Please be prepared for farm animals, sheep´s in particular, grazing by the roadside and straying into or crossing the road. Drivers who cause injury or death to animals may be liable to claims for compensation.
Drinking and Driving is Prohibited
It is forbidden to drive a motor vehicle in Iceland after drinking alcoholic beverages.
The Icelandic road system still includes hundreds of kilometers of gravel roads. While the entire ring road (Road 1) is fully paved, you may often find yourself driving on a gravel road, even in common places.
While most gravel roads are maintained and easily passable, there are a few things always worth keeping in mind.