How to pass on the rights in Europe

Like driving license in Europe< /p>Maksim Safaniuk, Shutterstock Getting a driver's license in Russia is a big quest: get medical certificates, get trained, pass the theory and practice of driving at a driving school and at the traffic police. Whether it’s the case in Mexico — in most states and even in the capital, you don’t need to take a practical exam, and you can drive at the age of 15. But the countries of Europe are far from such carelessness: local authorities are inventing tricky tasks for future drivers with might and main.

Tricky tests

At first glance, the European scheme is similar to ours: take courses, pass exams, get a license and drive. But there are national nuances. For example, in Italy, knowledge of the theory is especially strictly checked: you need to study about 7,000 questions, and on the exam – answer 30 of them, making no more than 4 mistakes. You can only retake the exam once. In Germany, tests are designed in such a way that some questions imply several correct answers at once. A number of questions are related to the environment, a whole block is dedicated to cyclists on the road, and you also need to be able to calculate the braking distance using the formula.

In practical classes, the student must work out driving skills in different weather and at night, on the autobahn and country roads. On the exam, in 40 minutes you will have to demonstrate impeccable driving around the city and highways, U-turns in the yard and skillful parking.

Extreme driving courses

But the hardest thing to get a license in Northern Europe. In Finland, training includes three courses at once: regular, winter and extreme (4 hours of driving in dangerous conditions). After the first stage, they pass theory and driving in the city in order to receive a temporary certificate. With him, the driver must drive without violations, otherwise he will not see permanent rights.

In Sweden, motorists are trained to drive on a snowy road and an icy road at a speed of 100 km/h. Norwegians need to master a course in first aid, night and safe driving, and the final part of the practical tests includes two long-distance trips (4-6 hours each) and an exam in the city.

Rights in Norway are not issued for 10 years, as we do: you can use them up to 75 years without any retakes.

Driving school on credit

You can unlearn at a Russian driving school for 30,000–50,000 RUB depending on the region. Europeans spend much more on this: in Spain – from 500 to 900 EUR, in Croatia – about 1000 EUR, in Germany and Finland – from 1000 to 2000 EUR. Norway leads not only in terms of complexity and duration, but also in terms of the cost of education: more than 3,000 EUR will have to be paid for courses. To reduce the burden on the budget, Europeans take loans to obtain rights – this practice is common, for example, in Germany.

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