Different nations, different driving styles; however, few may know that the difficulty of obtaining a driving licence shows great diversity in each country. Fasten your seat belt! Here come the countries where it is the easiest and hardest to learn to drive, the most expensive and craziest driving tests globally.
According to the freshly published Global Zutobi Index, among these countries, definitely Mexico takes the palm where legal driving can start from the age of 15. Even more surprising is that in most parts of the country, no practical test is needed.
Learning drivers can sit behind the wheel after passing a theoretical test that has become obligatory only since 2018.
Mexico is followed by Qatar, where learning drivers can sit behind the wheel the earliest in the world, at the age of 14. In addition, they do not have to worry about high costs either as a driving test in Qatar is 26€, less than half the global average of 65€.
Latvia is ranked third. Here the driving test costs even less, only 22€ and enthusiast drivers can start their journey at 16.
The United States has just slipped off the podium, being the fourth country in the ranking with the slightest system of requirements to start driving. Here, just like in the case of all the countries in the TOP5, no driving classes are required before taking the test, and the cost is also lower than the world average, only 100€. Canada follows the US in fifth place with the same requirements and a slightly higher price of taking the test.
In this category, the absolute winner is Croatia. Here, drivers must take at least 85 hours before taking a test. In addition to several medical proofs and aptitude tests, learning drivers must face extreme expensiveness, spending around 804€ to pass their test and obtain their license.
With such high prices, Croatia has also been chosen as the most expensive country to obtain a license, followed by Malaysia (437€) and Andorra (347€).
If you would like to obtain your driving licence quickly, Brazil is not your destination either. In the Latin American country, one can start driving only after taking 60 hours of lessons (45 theoretical and 15 practical), as well as passing medical examinations measuring, among others, the psychological fitness of the driver. And all these tests have a relatively high price, around 184€; based on this, Brazil has been chosen as the second country where it is the most challenging to learn to drive.
Hungary is ranked as the third country where it is hard to become a driver. The requirements include a theoretical exam and a minimum of 580 km practical experience with a tutor, after which a driving test can be taken.
However, this number of kilometres can often not be completed during the required number of hours, so drivers usually take at least 58 practical hours to get to the exam. Looking at the positive side, here the age limit is 16.5 years which is lower than in other countries, as well as the prices are relatively lower. Or at least so far, it seemed like. However, according to the latest data, the price of driving courses has increased by 10% in a single year, as a result of which, today, it costs an average of 653€ (~HUF 235,000) to obtain a license in Hungary. According to the Association of Hungarian Driving Schools, the price will continue to rise; however, interest in the service has not diminished – reported by Vezess.hu.
Bahrain follows Hungary in the fourth place where in addition to theoretical and practical tests, medical examinations should be done. Besides the extremely high cost of tests (312€), drivers must be 18 years old.
Just like in the case of Montenegro, the fifth, where besides adulthood, a medical and eye examination is required to take a practical driving test.
Finally, we can also take a look at the countries with the craziest driving tests. Here, India takes the palm where a driving test includes driving forward, turning left and stop after a while. Based on these poor requirements, it is not surprising that in the country, approximately 22 deadly road accidents take place in an hour. Burundi is ranked second place in this category, where a driving test is not a legal requirement. Therefore the majority of drivers do not obtain it. With only 63,000 cars on the road, almost 5% of all deaths are registered on the streets.
Just like in the case of India, Egypt does not require much from its drivers to obtain a driving licence either. After a short theory test, the process looks like that: driving 6 metres forward, then backwards – excellent, the exam is completed. Based on all these, if you feel like taking a little driving in these countries, pay close attention to the roads.