Naturally, the way other countries deal with the driving test fascinates us. In many countries the test is stringent, but that is not so in every country. With this in mind, we decided to see if we could find the easiest driving test in the world and this is what we found out.
In Honduras, you used to be able to get a driver’s licence without taking any kind of test. Recently, they have tightened things up, but you only have to take a short written test. There is no practical driving test whatsoever!
Weirdly if you want to hire a car in Honduras, you need to have held your foreign licence for at least 2 years. If you become a resident, you have to swap your foreign licence for a Honduran one.
Countries like India and Egypt, who only used to require you to negotiate a few cones, have now overhauled their tests to make them more difficult, but in Pakistan, the driver still only need to drive a car around a few cones in order to get a licence, so they are definitely candidates for the easiest driving test. However, on the other hand the paperwork and bureaucracy are a nightmare – maybe it’s easier to just do a longer test after all!
The award for the most difficult driving test has to go to Finland. There it takes 3 years to get a full licence.
Getting the initial licence requires a minimum of 37 hours of driving, a computerised test and a city traffic test. To get your full licence you have to complete a skidpan test and a night driving test and have no infractions on your basic licence.
South Africa also has a strict driving test. In fact, it is so strict that most people skip the test. Instead, they drive illegally and pay the fines.
Spain has one of the most pointless tests we have come across. To test coordination you steer a car on a screen, but you steer using two levers rather than a steering wheel. The car is steered by you moving the levers backwards and forwards.
Most people cannot pass the test because this steering method is completely alien to them. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, the officer running the test just ignores the fact no one can do it and passes virtually everyone.
As roads get busier driving tests get harder, and this is a trend we expect to continue.
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