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A great proportion of the instigations against foreign nationals are due to traffic violations. Being in the city for the first time, one might not be aware of where parking is allowed or the turn might be taken.
Getting familiar with the traffic regulations in Sweden and, therefore, in Stockholm, can help tourists to get around and, of course, to rent a car if necessary. Notwithstanding, Stockholm is one of the European cities, where driving is the most comfortable and safe. Especially, it is preconditioned by the strict rules, which should be followed by both locals and tourists.
Most of the roads in Sweden are of high quality. Outside big cities they are often narrowed to two lanes, which have wide roadsides for safety purposes.
First of all, there are certain types of driving licenses, which can be accepted in this country. They include documents of EU type and driving license in English, French or German accompanied by International driving permit (IDP). The driver must be at least 18 years old.
It is one of the issues Swedish police heeds a lot. The best recommendation is to keep all the speed limits, which vary in correspondence to a type of the area. In particular, there are five main speed limitations defined: residential areas (30 km/h), cities (50 km/h), countryside (70 km/h), clearways (90 km/h) and highways (110 km/h). There are common road signs (white background with red border and black number in the center) and electronic signs are lit in cases of bad visibility.
Traffic is characterized by the right driving. However, there are some specific rules, which do not stand violation:
- the allowed blood alcohol level is one of the lowest in Europe – 0,02%.
- All the passengers, including those ones on the back seats, must fasten the safety belts.
- Children under 7 years old should be carried in special child restraint devices.
- No telephones or hands-free are allowed!
- Dim light should be switched on during the entire driving, both daytime and nighttime.
- Overtaking is permitted only on the left side. If some car wants to overtake yours, slow down and get to the right side of the road.
- In case of entering a roundabout, vehicles pass those, which are already moving on it.
To find free parking place is quite an undertaking, but if you really have managed that, pay attention – most of the parking lots are paid. In general, the cost is 10 – 30 SEK on the street parking during weekdays (8 AM – 6PM), public parking and intercepting parking (far from the city center) offer their services at a price of 30-60 SEK and 10-20 SEK per hour respectively. On Sundays all the parking lots are free. In addition, the purchased parking card should be left on the panel under the car windshield.
In order to reduce traffic there are lots of limitations established in Swedish capital. Sometimes it is even impossible to find free parking spots. However, there are electronic information boards at the entrance to the capital, indicating the empty parking lots and garages.