Tamma: I don't disagree, there are certainly young drivers who do stupid things.
However, here at least, there is a whole attitude that everyone has towards young drivers that we are all terrible drivers who do not follow the rules of the road.
Honestly, the majority of idiots I see flying through town doing 100+ km/h and various other stupid things are older people. I've been cut off, tailgated, etc. by older drivers many, many times and I guarantee half of those times if I had the same attitude towards driving as they do, it would have ended in an accident. But, because I've gone through the training and tests I am well conditioned to always be watching what's going on around me.
Where I live you have to be 16 to get your Learner's permit which means that you can only drive if you have a supervisor who has their full license and is 25+ years old in the passenger seat, and you can only have one other passenger. To get your Learner's you must take a computerized test which asks questions about rules of the road.
When you are 18 you can get your Novice license (which you must have for another 2 years) which means that you can drive alone, but you can only ever have one passenger and you must display the Novice driver sign on the back of your vehicle (it's a magnetic green "N"). While you have your Novice license, you only have 5 "demerits" before you have to restart your 2 years of having the Novice. Most things like speeding tickets are worth 2 or 3 demerits so it is easy to have to be restarted if you drive stupidly. Often times, people with their "N" (as we call it) end up losing their license completely and having to go back to their learner stage. To get your "N" you have to take a road test - you driving the car with a person from the insurance company sitting beside you telling you what to do and marking down what you're doing. You must show them that you can perfectly execute maneuvers such as lane changes, parallel parking, 3 point turns, backing into a parking space, left turns, right turns etc. It took me THREE tries to get my "N", it is a difficult test and I guarantee half the adults with their full licences that didn't have to deal with any of these tests couldn't pass it.
Finally after 2 years of having your "N" (plus the 2 previous years you have your Learners) you can take a test to get your full license. The test is similar to the "N" test but you are obviously expected to be much more comfortable behind the wheel and not hesitate about what you are doing.
When my parents, for instance, got their licenses they had to take a written test. If they passed they got their Learner's permit and 30 days later they automatically got their FULL license.
So you can see why it bothers me so much that people who had to only go through what my parents did are constantly complaining about how bad young drivers are. It's simply untrue.
I apologize for the novel, this is just a subject that really gets to me!!