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. Our advice, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you at all times.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- Increase the distance when driving on gravel roads.
- Reduce speed while driving on loose gravel.
Road work on Icelandic highways is the main reason for cracked windshields. Once a road is fixed, loose gravel is laid on the tarmac afterwards for cars to further bind the tarmac (Don’t ask why..). A side note, we reccommend reducing your speed significantly when entering loose gravel as the car can easily start to slip.
Lastly, replacing a windshield is a costly process. The renter is responsible for the windshield with a deductible of ISK 30.000 unless you opt for the Liabiltiy Waiver.
For further incentive, in addition to being costly, it also has a large carbon footprint. Help us reduce our footprint and always keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.