I believe I have said it here before, but I remember my eldest backing out of the driveway at age 16 and was petrified. It was the first year we moved to Monroe and I couldn't help but to think that she just did not have the skills needed to drive up here. Keep in mind that we moved from a very rural area of the Midwest where traffic congestion was not near what it is here. Big difference between a farm town of less than 1000 people versus road conditions here.
I still think it should be 18, and after googling the topic just saw where in most countries that it is.http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-The-Legal-Driving-Age-The-Same-For-All-Countries?&id=1192473
Here is the legal driving ages in various countries around the world:
- Canada: 18 (was just recently changed from 16)
- Russia: 18
- China: 18
- India: 18
- Japan: 18
- New Zealand: 15
- Ethiopia: 14
- Cyprus: 18
- Europe: 18 (the UK is 17, but considering an increase to 18 years of age)
It seems like 18 is the most common age to acquire a driver's license around the world with the exception of the U.S., New Zealand, the UK, and Ethiopia. However, there is one country that poses a very interesting scenario when it comes to the legal driving age. Usually, countries keep a consistent driving age, but Australia does not. Depending on where you are located in Australia depends on how old you can be when you can legally drive.
Here are the driving ages for Australia:
- New South Wales: 17
- Northern Territory: 17
- South Australia: 16
- Tansmania: 17
- Victoria: 18
- Western Australia: 17
- Queensland: 17
In most states within Australia, the learner's permit can be acquired 3 months before the teenager reaches the minimum age to acquire their driver's license.
In Europe, the following rules apply:
- The driver can be 16 years of age if operating a two-wheel or three-wheel vehicle that does not exceed 45 km/h
- The driver can be 16 years of age if driving a motorcycle with no more than a 125 cubic centimetre cylinder capacity and power that does not exceed 11 kW. The power/weight ratio should not exceed 0.1 kW/kg.
- The driver can be 18 if the power of a motorcycle does not exceed 35 kW and the power/weight ration does not exceed 0.2 kW/kg.
- Motorcycles with power that exceeds 15 kW has a minimum age of 20 years old
- The driver must be 18 years of age for regular motor vehicles and combination vehicles (except in the UK where the legal driving age is 17)
- When driving Lorries, the minimum age is either 18 years or 21 years depending on the type of vehicle being driven.
- For busses of all types, the minimum driving age is 21.