Observing Sweden Driver’s License – Step 3


The Slippery Road Test

Last week I passed the slippery road test. I turned out to be far easier than I expected. I’d thought the diagram below was saying you you had to do the slalom both forward and backwards. It was only forward. Very easy. No one failed. There were 14 of us, all younger than myself, of course. Late teens and early twenties.

Then came the icy road test. There was a track, or course, about a half a mile around. One half of it was smooth finished concrete with sprinklers along its edge that kept the surface very slick. We were to drive around the track at 50 miles an hour, then slam on the brakes when we came to a pair of marker poles. I slid for about 80 yards. Some of the students spun out, but I had no problem. We went through this five times at different speeds, the last time with an artificial moose we had to get around. When avoiding a moose, go around its back side, not the front – good advice.

Moose Car Good
The most interesting part came after the road test. We were taken inside to a series of displays. One was a car that had hit a moose. Its passengers were killed.

There was also a seat belt test. One for impact . . .

Seat Belt Test

And the other for rollover. That’s me in the driver’s seat. Fun!

Roll 1Rool 2Roll 3

As much as all this has been a pain in the butt (and expensive – about $250 for this part) I think it’s an excellent program for young people learning to drive.
I still have the written test and the actual driving test to complete – more time and money, but I’m getting there.


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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13 Responses to Observing Sweden Driver’s License – Step 3

  1. stutleytales says:

    The training sounds good, but does it lower the road deaths (discounting the moose)? It’s funny about the moose… I’m building up a picture of moose in the main street – just like ‘foreigners’ imagine kangaroos hopping down the main streets of Australia. LOL

  2. Congratulation Bruce.. what a business… but it sounds as though your experience is going to show…

  3. Keep going Bruce, you’re doing fine. Just keep away from Moose and sprinkled streets. 😉

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