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Easter traffic conditions may be difficult

Traffic reporter: Avoid Jönköping.
3:27 min
An archive photo of the E4 this February and Love Bergström from Swedish Radio's traffic department.
An archive photo of the E4 this February and Love Bergström from Swedish Radio's traffic department. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT and Lars-Åke Gustavsson/Sveriges Radio

Should you have winter or summer tyres? What should you take on a road journey? And why should you avoid Jönköping at all costs? We asked Love Bergström from Swedish Radio's Traffic Department for his Easter driving tips.

"It's a really busy weekend out on the roads, there's going to be a lot of traffic and unfortunately I think there's going to be accidents," Bergström told Radio Sweden. "So it's very important how you behave on the road."

He advised drivers to leave plenty of time for their journeys so that they didn't feel under pressure, and to pack water, food, and entertainment for any children.  

If you're travelling to snowy parts of Sweden, you should also bring a shovel, he said. 

"The most important thing is not to stress: take your time, so you can make good decisions, and keep the speed limits and so on," he said.

With snowy weather and sub-zero temperatures forecast for parts of Sweden over Easter, Bergström said it was important to check weather reports for areas where you intend to travel.

"It's very important that that you check the weather forecasts so you have the right tyres," he said. "If you're travelling from Stockholm maybe you've changed your tyres to summer tyres. In Stockholm it's pretty warm, but if you travel not too far north, it's still winter."

Värmland in western Sweden, and Dalarna were forecast to receive heavy snowfall on Thursday afternoon and evening, he noted.  

As for Jönköping, a giant custom car show held over the Easter weekend was likely to completely snarl up roads for miles around, making it a place to avoid. 

"If you're going through Jönköping, don't do it if you don't really have to," he said. 

The Swedish Transport Administration on Thursday announced that it was closing the E10 road between Katterjåkk, near Kiruna, and the Riksgränsen ski resort on the Norwegian border, because of severe weather.

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