Driving Advice Sweden
Going to Sweden this summer? Here are som good advices for driving in Sweden, that will keep you prepared and safe on your journey. General driving advice and special equipment for driving legaly in Sweden. Use this as a checklist before you go to avoid any problems.
General driving advice Sweden:
– A valid full driving licence. The original vehicle registration document and Your passport
– Make sure you have European breakdown cover.
– 112 is the emergency number across Europe.
– Don’t use a hand held mobile while driving.
– If you wear glasses, take a spare pair.
– It is recommended that you have a reflective jacket in the car – they are compulsory in many European countries.
– Speed camera / radar detection systems are illegal in most European countries. Come countries have also banned the use of sat navs which detect fixed speed cameras so ensure this is deactivated.
– Plan your journey
– There is only one safe rule when it comes to drinking and driving; if you drink, don’t drive.
Check your Car before taking of to Sweden:
Service your car before you go to avoid expensive and frustrating breakdowns while away. Check the tread for wear – the legal limit in the summer for car tyres across Europe is 1.6mm but we recommend a minimum of 3mm as tyres wear quickly after 3mm. Check the tyre pressure – remember to check them when cold. Check tyres for any damage and replace them if you need to. Think about taking a puncture repair kit to get you on the road again without having to change a tyre, until you are able to get to a garage for a replacement.
Driving Advice Sweden
– Warning Triangle
– Car insurance with third-party cover is compulsory.
– When driving in Sweden, you must use dipped headlights at all times throughout the year, fines could apply. – Also, look out for any game such as moose and deers which could come on to the roads, there will be yellow warning triangles with a red border to let you know when a certain animal is of higher concentration / likely to be on the road.
– Using radar detectors is not allowed, severe penalties apply.
– When parking, look out for any restrictions. Some towns use ‘Datumparkering’ which means on odd days, parking isn’t allowed on the side of the road with odd numbers and vice versa with even days and even house / office numbers.
– Speed limits for private vehicles without trailers (may vary, always look out for signs):
In built-up areas 18 mph (30 km/h)Outside built-up areas 43 mph (70 km/h)Dual carriageways 62mph (100 km/h)Motorways 68 mph (110 km/h)If carrying a caravan or trailer, a speed limit of 49mph (80 km/h) applies.
– Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front/rear seat passengers (if fitted.)
In private vehicles (excludes taxis), children up to the age of 15 (measuring less than 4ft5in) must be seated using a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight. Children may travel in the front seat only if the passenger seat airbag is deactivated. Young children (under 28 lbs) must use a rear-facing baby seat whether at te front or back of the car unless they weigh more than 39 lbs.