In the United States some parents (including me) have told their children “Driving is not a right, it is a privilege”. I recently learned that this slogan is debatable, and has been brought to the U.S. Supreme Court for review.
I would imagine that there are various opinions about driving being a “right” versus a “privilege” vary widely throughout the world. Until June 2018, Saudi Arabia was the only country that did not allow women to drive.
The most common legal driving age among countries is age 18. The Bahamas, Canada, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe have the lowest driving age (17 or younger).
According to Vroom, Vroom, Vroom, Mexico is one of the easiest countries to obtain a driver’s license because you don’t need to take an exam. Honduras is also known for its ease of becoming a driver, also because some say you do not need to take a written or driving test. Reputations for the ease of getting a license also belong to the Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan, Egypt and India.
Vroom, Vroom, Vroom also reports that it is most challenging to obtain your driver’s license in the United Kingdom, Finland, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Germany and Saudi Arabia. The reason it is so challenging to earn your license in these countries is because these countries have extensive requirements and/or they are very strict about doing certain things “per the book”.
For example, in Japan if you exceed a certain speed you fail immediately. In South Africa you need to perform well at parallel parking and alley docking in order to pass your test. In Germany if you do not pass your behind the wheel test after three tries you must enroll again in Fahrschule (driving school). Finally, in Saudi Arabia your license is valid for 10 years and then you need to retake the test.
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