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Driving in Sweden – Recommendations, Tips and Tricks

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21. In the country, there are toll roads. Their entrances are marked by special signs and the system of checkpoints. The cost of using toll routes depends on the type of the road and the distance of your ride. It is possible to pay in cash or by credit card for using toll roads.
22. Entering and leaving Stockholm is also paid. The exact amount of the fee depends on the time and usually varies from 1 to 2 euro. It's worth noting that many toll roads are equipped with special machines that process payments. Drivers are advised to get plenty of coins and paper money in small denominations, because these machines do not give change.
23. On the country roads, wild animals are often a source of danger for drivers. As a rule, such unsafe places are marked by appropriate road signs. For safety reasons, it is not recommended to drive on the country roads at a high speed. If a collision with an animal has occurred, do not forget to notify the police.
24. One of the latest innovations in the local traffic regulations concerns the increase of the fine for passing the red light. This violation will result in a fine of approximately 325 euro (3,000 Swedish Kronor). The unfastened seat belt will make you pay around 163 euro.
25. There are special environmental zones in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö. Entering their territory without a special pass is prohibited. In order to get a pass, it is enough to visit the road service of the relevant city and pass the control. If the vehicle meets all environmental indicators, the driver will receive the pass.
26. There are no specific rules concerning the use of snow chains and winter tires. Studded tires can only be used in the period from the beginning of October to the end of April, and only in case of winter weather.

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When choosing a car for your Sweden trip, don’t forget to check and compare the franchise amount (indicated in the rental conditions) for all cars considered in your selection. The franchise may vary from 200 to 2000 euro/dollars even for cars of the same class. A thorough comparison will allow you to choose the option with the lowest franchise.

During your booking, we will offer you to take a full coverage of the franchise ('No Risk' or 'No Excess' package). If you book a car without full coverage, it is recommended to take it at the pick-up time - this will substantially reduce your financial liability in Sweden for the whole rental period.

During your car pick-up in Sweden, do not forget to check what to do in breakdown-, accident- or theft-cases. Most of our offers include 'Breakdown Assistance' package. Besides this, every rental office would be happy to assist you with this package.

Prior to the car return, please check your voucher for the fuel conditions. If it is indicated that a driver shall return the car with a full tank, do not forget to refuel it on the way back, this will save you from additional charges at the rental office.

If you are looking for a car hire in Sweden, we advise you to check actual rental offers. Just use the orange search form at the top. We guarantee that you would not be able to find better rates anywhere else!
27. In addition to toll motorways, fees are charged for crossing Oresund (connects Sweden and Denmark) and Svinesund (connects Sweden and Norway) bridges. It is possible to pay tolls on these bridges both in the national currency (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish kronor) and in euro. The exact amount of the fee depends on the type of vehicle.
28. Entering the central parts of some large cities, including Stockholm, is paid. As a rule, entering is possible free of charge in the evening, on weekends and public holidays.
29. Drivers must always have the driving license, as well as the vehicle certificate. The absence of these documents is considered a serious violation. Drivers should also consider keeping insurance (“green card”) handy.
30. On local gas stations, drivers can select from unleaded petrol (Blyfri 95 and Blyfri 98), or choose in favor of diesel fuel. There is also octane gasoline (Premium 98 and Medium 96) at local petrol stations. Drivers, who prefer this type of fuel, should look for red pump columns at petrol stations.
31. A large part of petrol stations works from 7:00 to 19:00 - 20:00 on weekdays. Petrol stations that work around the clock can be found on highways. There are also automated petrol stations in Sweden. They accept payments in paper money only. It is worth keeping in mind that diesel fuel is extremely rare at automated petrol stations.
32. Trams are considered “privileged” participants of the traffic. Drivers should treat them with particular attention. If a tram has stopped, all the cars that move behind it must also stop and wait for passengers to come out and leave the road.
33. Impatient drivers should remember that the use of sound signals in the city is possible only in the event of a serious danger. If you use the honk without any particular need, you are likely to get a large fine.
34. The roads outside settlements have slightly different rules concerning sound signals. If a driver wants to give way to other vehicles, he can simply make a short sound signal (a short flash of headlights has the same meaning).
35. There is also an unspoken rule about overtaking. For example, when a moving car behind you is about to make a maneuver, it is important to make a signal with the right beam if the road is free to maneuver, and with the left beam when overtaking is not possible for some reason.
36. The solid yellow line added to the edge of road means that it is prohibited to stop here. If the line is forked or dotted, it is possible to make short stops to load or unload passengers at this part of the road.
37. Many roads have a special lane for drivers who prefer to drive at a slow speed. According to local traffic regulations, such drivers must give way to other, faster cars, and, if possible, use a dedicated lane.
38. The white letter “M” on a blue background is rather an unusual sign, which can often be seen in narrow streets. Drivers, who see this sign on their side of road, must give way to vehicles moving in the opposite direction. The meaning of the sign is very simple - it means “Motesplats” or “a meeting place”.
39. Local police have no authority to accept payments for fines, so do not try to pay to a police officer as it can be considered as an attempt to give a bribe. Fines should be paid only in the bank.
40. When approaching the payment area on a toll road, you can see that different lanes are marked with different colors. If you want to pay in cash, select the yellow lane; the blue lane is for drivers who want to pay by card. You should not choose the green lane as it is only available to customers of the BroBizz electronic payment system.
41. Note that in some parts of toll roads, as well as on the Svinesund Bridge, two-wheeled vehicles have the right to travel for free. This type of transport should pass payment areas on the yellow lane.
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