Driving in Sweden Posted by Marcus Cederström on May 23, 2014 in Culture, Vocabulary
If you end up moving to Sweden or even just visiting, you might realize you want the freedom of the open road. Or something like that. If you do decide to drive in Sweden, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Some of these things may differ from your country.
In case you’re planning on doing some driving, here is a short (and absolutely not complete) list of things you should know:
- Since September 3, 1967, Sweden has been driving on the right-hand side of the road. So for the Australians in the group, sorry.
- Seatbelts are required. Doesn’t matter where you’re sitting in the car. Just wear it.
- You must have your headlights on at all times. Every single hour. Dygnet runt. This is why my first car (a 1989 Saab 9000 Turbo, in case you were wondering) was designed with daytime running lights long before the US was worrying about that sort of thing.
- You need to be 18 or older to drive.
- Your driver’s license is probably good. But check Transport Styrelsen.
- Don’t drink and drive. The limit is 0.2 promille or .02% for the Americans in the group.
- Don’t speed. Duh.
So now that you have the basics let’s learn some vocabulary. This is a language blog after all:
|(en) bensin||(a) gasoline|
|en bil||a car|
|en broms||a brake|
|en försäkring||an insurance|
|(en) olja||(a) oil|
|en parkeringsplats||a parking place|
|en punktering||a puncture/flat|
|en reparation||a repair|
|en verkstad||a workshop|
|ett baksäte||a back seat|
|ett framsäte||a front seat|
|ett hjul||a wheel|
|ett körkort||a driver’s license|
|signalera||to signal (a turn)|
|tanka||to fill up|