Think getting your driver’s license is difficult here in Brisbane? Spare a thought for many other countries where getting your driver’s license is not only a long process, but also extremely costly. Even with the recent announcement that driving tests in Queensland are set to get tougher, going for your license in the countries below is a whole different kettle of fish. We bring to you the 5 toughest jurisdictions in the world to pass the driving test.
Finland has some of the strictest driving regulations in the world. Everyone must go to a driving training centre to get their license. Safety is given a huge focus, and students also learn how to maintain their vehicles and how to drive in slippery and icy conditions. Learners also must take 2 different tests one in summer and one in winter. Additionally with all this the government requires 20 theory lessons and 30 hours practical instruction, making getting a license a very costly exercise.
2. Montreal, Canada
Practical driving courses are compulsory for all people wanting to get a Quebec Driver’s license and the city of Montreal has one of the highest fail rates of all cities in Canada with only 61 per cent of people passing the test on the first try. This pass rate decreases to only 47 per cent for learner drivers who have had no professional lessons, making the busy city a challenging place to pass the test.
Like Finland getting your driver’s license requires professional lessons with a driving school and taking a written theory test. Up to a third fail the written exam on the first try. In Germany narrow roads and ‘priority roads’ mean that you have to give way to cars exiting from smaller side streets where you would typically be given right of way in other countries. However one perk new drivers in Germany receive after the long process of mandatory lessons is being able to drive without speed limits on the country’s impressive Autobahn network.
People who can afford to do so in Singapore undertake a formal driving training program which involves many hours of practical driving to help them pass the test and even though they would pass in other locations, the pass rate is still an average of around 60 per cent – quite low considering it costs a couple of thousand dollars to enrol in the program. The pass rate without the formal driving program is only 33 per cent. Some believe the test is made intentionally difficult to limit the number of cars of the road in the very densely populated country.
5. South Africa
There’s a whole range of things that constitute being marked down when taking the K53 driving test in South Africa that do not apply in other regions of the world. Drivers can lose points for not checking leaks beneath the car, and not engaging the handbrake silently. Even if the car rolls back less than an inch the candidate will automatically fail.
Here in Australia while rules for learner drivers have no doubt become stricter in recent years, the practical driving test can still be passed with flying colours if you practice. Professional lessons have been proven to increase first time pass rates, so get an A Grade on your driving test and call Michael Milos and A Grade Driving School today.