Lowest age anyone drove, wanted to drive etc.?

What is the absolute (unrestricted) age you know of that someone wanted to drive a vehicle?



Such as for example 3 months old, 11 years old, 28 years old etc.
 

Sybok

Member
Weird question. šŸ¤”

I think every kid wants to drive at a very early age, riding around on these things before they can even walk or talk, making 'brooom' noises.



So, answer to your question. Maybe 12 months old.
 

O.Stogden

Member
Personally I never really wanted to, learning to drive was a necessity rather than something I wanted.

Other than that, I know my brother started our families car and almost drove it into the wall when he was like 5 or so, he stole the keys lol
 

ceaselessly

Member
I grew up in a state in the US where the youngest legal driving age is kind of high (17 years), but once when I was 15, my dad asked me to back the car down the driveway while he mixed cement. I felt very powerful.
 

O.Stogden

Member
I grew up in a state in the US where the youngest legal driving age is kind of high (17 years), but once when I was 15, my dad asked me to back the car down the driveway while he mixed cement. I felt very powerful.
Haha, should be in Europe, 17 is kind of young. ;)

It's generally 18 before you can drive a car in the EU, and 17 in the UK.

I was 21 when I first drove a vehicle (driving instructors car), 22 when I got my license.
 

O.Stogden

Member
Wow! In the US there are some states where you can get a learner's permit as young as 14.
Yeah, I guess America has more open/wider/quieter roads in those states that make it safer.

We have a provisional license here in the UK, which you can get as soon as you turn 17, which means you can drive, but someone who has held a license for at least 3 years must be in the car with you, and you of course need car insurance, which costs a fair bit at that point. It's far better to just get a driving instructor. lol

14 year olds driving here would be a terrible thing I think, you have to be really alert and I think a 14 year old would definitely just get themselves killed.

The UK, allow you to drive a moped at 16, a car/light motorbike at 17, a normal motorbike at 19, and any class of motorbike at 21 if you passed your motorbike test at 19, if you didn't pass it beforehand, you have to be 24 to drive powerful bikes. All of those require you to take a theoretical and practical driving test.

Heavy Goods Vehicles (weighing between 3.5-7.5 tonnes) used to have a minimum age of 21, but there's a competency test that was introduced in recent years which if you pass, you can drive an HGV at 18.

I hold a manual (stick shift I guess for Americans) car license, which allows me to drive mopeds, and vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes and up to 8 passenger seats, and a tractor for agricultural purposes (apparently). Automatic or Manual transmission. I'd have to take additional tests to be able to drive quadbikes, motorcycles, LGV's, HGV's, minibuses/buses etc.

If you learn to drive in an automatic transmission car, and take your test in one, you're forbidden from driving manual transmission (stick shift) cars. Which is a problem here, as like >90% of cars are manual transmission, automatics aren't that common.
 
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