Although the major cities in the south of Sweden can suffer from the occasional traffic jam, most of the time the roads in Sweden are free of problems. It is customary in the north of the country to pull over and allow faster traffic to overtake.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good throughout Sweden and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Sweden are:
On Motorways the limit is 110 kilometres per hour or 68 miles per hour.
On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 70 kilometres per hour or 43 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour. Drivers found exceeding the limit by more than 30 kph may have their licence confiscated.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in most of the rest of Europe and is as close to zero as makes no practical difference.
Drivers must be aged 18 years or over to drive in Sweden.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory as is the use of daylight running lights or dipped headlights at all times.
Throughout Sweden snow and ice can be hazard during the winter months, although the authorities are well equipped to deal with this type of weather. In the countryside, in particular in the north elk can be a particular hazard and drivers should be wary of them at all times.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Sweden. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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