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City dwellers travel increasingly to countryside

By Iceland Review

Last weekend traffic jams were reported east and north of Reykjavík and authorities expect a similar situation this weekend as weather forecasters promise warm temperatures and clear skies.

“There has been a great increase in the number of trailers because people travel more,” Einar Magnússon at the Road Traffic Directorate told Fréttabladid. The traffic jam last weekend was partly caused by camping trailers. For the traffic to flow more evenly, Magnússon recommends a so called “spur wheel method.”

With the spur wheel method only one car at a time is allowed to turn into roads leading from the main highways. The method was used unsuccessfully last weekend.

On roads with double lanes, like Sudurlandsvegur between Reykjavík and Selfoss, most cars stay on the right side, but some cars drive on the left lane and force their way to the front of the line on the right, and other cars have to wait longer.

Magnússon also recommends the spur wheel method in such circumstances; both lanes should be used evenly and when the two lanes merge into one, cars should be given priority by turns.

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