WHILE getting your P-plates in Australia requires passing a rather daunting driving test, in some countries there's a little more to it. And responsibility seems to be the key theme in most.
After you read the following extract from the Daily Telegraph, you may not whinge about just doing 120 hours of training
In Denmark, it's not just about your skills behind the wheel. Prospective drivers must complete a first aid course in order to obtain a licence.
And in some states in Canada and the US, school attendance can determine if you'll be permitted to drive.
In Ontario, Canada, students who drop out of school before the age of 18 can lose their licence.
And in places like Oregon and North Carolina in the US, those applying for their driving licence must provide proof of school enrolment or show that they've had satisfactory school attendance.
In England there's a little extra knowledge required, although you don't have to be alone during the practical test.
Drivers are quizzed on vehicle safety before hitting the road, which can involve opening the bonnet and identifying where fluid levels can be checked.
The driver is allowed to make up to 15 faults while driving and still pass, although one serious fault is an instant fail. They're also allowed to take someone else in the car on the test, who must be over 16 years old, can't take any part and must be a quiet observer.
Germany is considerably stricter in terms of testing methods, preparing youngsters for high-speed autobahn driving. High costs, a minimum of 25 to 45 hours of professional instruction plus 12 hours of theory as well as questions about the mechanical aspects of a car, are all part of the testing process.
And other places also seem to be more strict on driving courses than Australia.
In most states in the US, extensive training is compulsory with driving education classes taught at high schools.
A six-hour defensive driving course is required in Nova Scotia in Canada.
While the driving age varies from state to state and country to country, many allow young people to get their learners licence at the age of 15 and their probationary licence a year later at 16.
The age limit in some states in America is as young as 14.
But in some countries such as Taiwan, China and Pakistan, teenagers have to wait until they turn 18 to be able to drive.
In contrast to other countries, Pakistan is a lot more lenient in acquiring a driving licence. People can obtain a licence by applying to a traffic police office, showing identification and being able to read a car number plate 20.5m away.
New Zealand follows a similar format to Australia, having to pass a driving test before receiving a restricted licence. But those holding this licence can reduce the amount of time from 18 months to 12 months by completing a defensive drivers course.