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Iceland road conditions

Is your vehicle ready for winter? Road conditions are getting more hazardous as we plead our goodbyes to summer and welcome the arrival of winter. We are already seeing icy roads in many parts of Iceland mid October especially early morning and in the evenings. Sometimes it is hard to see any icing although it's there. You can check road conditions before heading out by visiting the website of The Iceland Road Administration. All vehicles should be equipped according to road conditions at each time. First and foremost are the tyres. Make sure you have tyres appropriate for winter driving. Many different types of tyres are used in Iceland although the most frequently used tyres are all year tyres suitable for both summer and winter driving. A few years back most cars in Iceland had studded tyres during winter but these kinds of tyres are now on the drawback as they are noisy and give off many times the pollution of all year tyres. All year tyres are getting more advanced and ever better and therefore are now a more frequent purchase than the studded tyres. With winter comes darkness in Iceland. Make sure you car's signal, head and brake lights are all working properly to make yourself visible to other drivers or pedestrians. In winter ice may build up on your vehicle over night so before you start driving you need to scrape of all the ice of the windshield and other windows in the vehicle. In Iceland we have a special scraping tool for the job although some people make good use of their credit cards to do the job although that sometimes may result in a damaged card. Also good to have items would be jumping cables in case your car battery dies and a rope in case you get stuck so you can be pulled out. Make sure you drive safe and let road conditions determine the way your drive.

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