THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN SWEDEN AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
* VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
* LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
* CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
* CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
* PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR DRIVING LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE DRIVING LICENCE.
* SPARE BULB KIT
* WARNING TRIANGLE
* FIRST AID KIT
* INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
Children in cars:
Children under the age of seven must sit in a child safety seat. All other children must use a seatbelt. It is illegal to use a back facing Child safety seat in a car that has a passenger side airbag.
It is the Law in Sweden that you have to be seen when you are driving. Dipped headlights are compulsory at all times.
Drinking and Driving:
Even very small amounts of alcohol can affect your driving ability. Sweden has a very strict law that entitles the Police to give a Breathalyser test, even if there is no reason to suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol. If your blood level alcohol content is 0.2 per mil/l or the content of alcohol in your exhaled breath is 0.10mg/l or more, this will result in a stiff fine, a prison sentence or both. You will also lose your driving license. Do Not Drink and Drive.
Whenever you are sitting in a car, you must use a seat belt.
These are now compulsory throughout the EU. if you need to walk on a motorway. You don't have to carry one, but if you breakdown on the motorway you will be breaking the law if you walk to an emergency phone without one. A suitable high visibility vest is supplied by Advanced Safety Products and conforms to BS EN471: 1994 Class 2.
Please note that on the spot fines are payable for infringing minor traffic regulations. Ensure the officer collecting the fine issues an official receipt.
Parking meters operate in the main towns. Use parking lights during darkness in poorly lit streets. The impounding of cars is likely for illegally parked cars.
Speed Limits are posted everywhere. These are medium size red circles with a yellow background and black numbers. If you speed in Sweden, you risk a heavy fine and maybe even losing your driving licence. Sweden is heavily forested; as a result there are a lot of "Animal" warning signs posted. These signs must be taken seriously. You will be fined if caught driving too fast. When driving 30 km/h or more too fast, your driving licence will be withdrawn. The speed limits are often set in view of animal crossings on highways and larger roads outside urban areas.
• Absolute top speed on Swedish highways, is 110 km/h (= 67 mph)
• Absolute top speed, on other roads, is 90 km/h (= 55 mph)
• When driving a caravan, the absolute top speed is 80 km/h (= 50 mph) on highways, as well as on other roads.
• In cities and villages the top speed is 50 km/h (= 30 mph).
• Around schools and day-care centres the top speed is 30 km/h (= 18 mph)
• Motorways = 110km/h
• Dual Carriageways = 90km/h
• Open Road = 80kph
• Towns = 50 km/h.
Sweden is toll free except the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark. Please see our section on Denmark for tolls.
• It is not a requirement to report every accident to the police, but if someone is injured this is a must. If the damage however, is limited and the involved parties in an accident fill in the standard damage report for the insurance companies, police must not be involved at the scene. However if uncertain, or if the owner of the other vehicle is not present, a report to the police is highly recommended.
• Use of the horn is restricted to emergencies only.
• Beware of moose and deer in the countryside.
• Give way to pedestrians on crossings.
In winter, snow tyres must be used. These are normally studded and whilst they do make driving somewhat noisy, they really do make a difference. If you are not used to driving in areas where ice and snow covers the road during a major portion of the winter, then you should exercise extreme caution while driving in Sweden in the colder part of the year.