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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Sweden - Driving Nuances

1. Foreign drivers are allowed to drive only in case they have the driving license in French, German or English. Driving licenses in any other foreign languages are considered invalid, and, therefore, they must be supplemented with the driving license of the international standard, without it they will not be valid.
2. Within the city borders, drivers must not exceed the speed of 50 km/h, and in the residential areas the maximum allowed speed is 30 km/h. On country roads, it is permitted to drive with the speed of up to 70 km/h, on speedways – up to 90 km/h, and on highways – up to 110 km/h.
3. Local drivers are very diligent when it comes to speed limits. Foreign guests are recommended to follow their example, because all infringements of the traffic regulations may result in heavy fines. In addition to standard signs indicating the speed limit, you will see special electronic boards on all major roads of the country. These boards display the speed of approaching cars.
4. On the roads of Sweden, overtaking is allowed on the left side only. If a vehicle that moves behind is about to make a manoeuvre, it is recommended to move as close to the right side of the road as possible, giving enough space for the vehicle to overtake.
5. Many intersections in the country have circular motion. Drivers, who already move in the roundabout, have the priority. Intersections should be overcome slowly, but with confidence. Such behaviour as honking and trying to squeeze into a flow of cars that move in the roundabout is simply not accepted here.
6. According to the local traffic regulations, driving in a drunken state is one of the most serious violations. In Sweden, there is one of the strictest regulations regarding the content of alcohol in the blood. The maximum allowed level of alcohol in the blood is only 0.2 ppm.

Nuances of Car Rental in Sweden

To save on your rental, we advise to book your car in advance. You will save the most if you do this several weeks or even several months prior to your trip. Rental offices in Sweden usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period.

When looking for an exotic car (cabriolet, minivan or limousine), we advise to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice comparing to offices in urban areas.

Upon receipt of invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, please compare the obtained data with your voucher. Quite often, employees of rental offices in Sweden try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Sweden in a correct way. Prior to leaving the office, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of a non-compliance found, place a demand for correction to the rental officer.

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7. It is prohibited to use a mobile phone while driving. If you need to make calls while driving, it is necessary to equip your vehicle with a special «Hands Free» device.
8. While moving, regardless of time and type of the road, you should always have low beams turned on. The driver and all the passengers in the vehicle must fasten seat belts.
9. Children under 7 years can be transported in a car only in a special child seat. It must be chosen in accordance with height and weight of a child. The seat can only be installed on the back seat of a car.
10. Children older 7 can use ordinary seat belts only if their height is more than 135 cm. It should be also noted that for a child weighing less than 13 kg the child seat must be put with its back forward.
11. The local police have the right to stop and check any car. It is important to talk with the traffic police politely and calmly. A police officer can offer a driver to take the alcohol content test. Do not refuse as such an action will inevitably be followed by a large fine and driving license suspension.
12. In large cities, it may be very hard to find a free parking space. The fine for parking in the wrong place is about 40 euros. Each type of parking has its own time limit, which is always indicated on the sign near the entrance to the parking.
13. All public parking lots are equipped with special machines, through which the payments are made. When entering the car park, it is necessary to take a special ticket with the time of arrival and place it on the windshield in a well-seen place. Subsequently, this ticket will be used to pay when leaving the parking.
14. On weekdays from 8:00 to 18:00, the cost of one hour at parking lots close to busy streets is 1 - 3 euro. Parking services from 19:00 to 24:00 will cost approximately 2.5 euro, regardless of the time of parking.
15. On Sundays, parking is available free of charge in some cities, and paid parking areas apply special fees – approximately 1.5 euro per hour or 2.5 euro for every 4 hours.
16. Public parking areas are the most expensive ones. The cost of their services doesn’t depend on the day of week or time, and ranges from 3 to 6 euro per one hour of parking. Intercepting parking lots (Park & Ride) are the cheapest ones. As a rule, they are located on the outskirts of cities. The cost of their services is 1 - 2 euro per hour.
17. One of the highest fines is imposed for driving while intoxicated. The minimum amount of the fine is equal to 30 daily salaries of the offender. Speeding will also result in a pretty impressive fine. Thus, if exceeding the speed limit by just 20 km/h, you can be fined up to 260 euro.
18. Local people are very attentive to environmental issues. This is the reason why in many cities of Sweden it is prohibited to stay with the engine turned on. It is possible not to turn off the engine only in case you need to stay for a couple of minutes (for example, to load or unload passengers quickly).
19. Foreign drivers will be certainly delighted with local motorists and their courteous attitude to other traffic participants. They are distinguished by a very calm and accurate driving style, so even beginners will feel comfortable on the roads of the country.
20. While moving, it is not recommended to cut in front of other cars. Do not forget to switch on the turn signal if you plan to move from one lane to another. Drivers should also stop near pedestrian crossings – local drivers are also very attentive and respectful to pedestrians.
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