There's a graduated licensing system
here in Australia
to minimize the road accidents and fatalities.
You have to be 25 years old
before you can apply for an Open/Full license
. However, teenagers as young as 16
can start to apply for learners permit
and learn to drive with a person holding an Open license. They can then apply for a Provisional License (P1)
as they turn 17
after holding a learners permit for a year. At the age of 18
, they can apply for the P2 license
then have to wait 'til they turn 25 before they can apply for an Open license.
Provisional license holders are subjected to a number of restrictions:
they are not allowed to drive high powered cars, their blood alcohol level must be 0%!w(MISSING)hilst driving, not permitted to teach learners to drive etc..etc...
Back then (ehm!), I got my Australian Provisional license at the age of 18 then my Open/Full license when I turned 19 !
Thinking about it now, I totally agree with the new licensing system. My family thought I'm lead-footed
and probably shouldn't be allowed to drive 'cos I tend to speed up and pose a danger to other motorists 😱 . Though I must say that I haven't been in an accident (as in collision with other vehicles) since I've been driving. So, reverse parking my car one time into a ditch doesn't count ! 😉
My mother once told me whilst driving home from school,
You're a bird without wings in Australia if you don't have a car.
So she pushed me to go for my drivers license and earn my wings !
My hubby didn't go for his license 'til after we got married at the age of 22. He opted for proper driving lessons 'cos apparently he doesn't want to get my "bad habits" when it comes to driving. He is a very wise man I must say. Either that, his ego is just probably brushed 'cos I got my right of passage first ! 😱...cheers !