First of all, for most of us that come from countries outside of Europe, our driver license from our home country is valid for one year from the moment when we get registered at the Tax Agency (Skatteverket). So even though I used to drive every day in my hometown, I needed to start from zero again. Even though it might be helpful, it's not necessary to know Swedish to do the process.
The first step is to book a vision test at one of the places approved by Trafikverket, which is the agency responsible for issuing driver licenses, among other things. The result will most likely be reported online to Trafikverket. After that, it is possible to apply to the Körkortstillstånd, which is a permit that allows you to take a driver license. Once you get that approval, then you can start with the "action".
The whole thing consists basically of six steps: Riskettan, Risktvåan, driving classes, theory reading, theory test and driving test. Theory and driving test together with the preparation for it were not new to me and I wasn't surprised when I read about it; in Brazil the procedure is similar. I had no idea about the existence of Riskettan and Risktvåan though.
Those two are trainings where you learn about risks in driving. Riskettan or Risk 1 is where you learn about what kind of risks exist in driving, and, of course, that alcohol or drugs should not be combined with driving. It is basically a lecture with time to discuss with your colleagues that are also taking the course and takes about 3h30.
At the place where I took this course, we got to try goggles that would mimic how our vision would be affected by consuming a huge amount of alcohol or by taking some sort of drug. It was quite nice to get the feeling and test to walk around.
One thing that I was really surprised about in that course was that in Sweden it is still not completely forbidden by law to use the mobile phone when driving, what is about to change soon though. For me it is so natural that it is forbidden to drive and use the mobile phone, since in Brazil it is a law for such a long time (at least 6 years but I believe it is closer to 10) that I was shocked. Good that it is about to change!
The next step for me is Risktvåan or Risk 2, that is about learning the risks of driving in slippery surface, but in practice. You actually drive at a special area where these conditions are simulated. All my friends that I have talked to have said that this is a really fun training so I'm excited to do it! Let's see how it goes!
Text: Carolina Braga