I was on my way home recently when I was struck by a banner in the west end of Glasgow advertising driving lessons "from as young as 11" by a local driving school.
I have to say I wondered why on Earth someone would want to start taking driving lessons six years before they could sit a test, but it seems to be an idea that has some support among motoring experts who believe that experience accumulated over several years will cut the risks newly qualified drivers pose to themselves and the rest of us.
For me, and about half a dozen of my friends, learning to drive was an expensive form of purgatory we postponed until our mid-20s. I probably spent around £1300 over the course of 10 months, eventually passing the test on my second attempt. Finally getting a licence was more about adding a vital qualification to my CV than any desire to actually get behind the wheel. Five years on I've still never owned a car.
But what if I'd begun learning at 11? Would it have become something normal and undaunting?
Last week the Young Driver scheme aimed at secondary school pupils was launched across the UK. The initiative is designed to provide youngsters aged 11 to 17 with a combination of actual driving lessons and computer-based road safety training as part of the school curriculum.
The lessons can take place within school grounds and include driving, manoeuvring, braking and reversing within coned-out road systems complete with junctions and road signs. Classroom lessons reinforce road safety and knowledge.
Organisers say it is too early to say how many schools in Scotland might sign up to the programme, which follows the success of Young Driver centres in Glasgow and Livingston.
Learning to drive at school is a relatively alien concept in Britain but in countries such as the United States most high schools offer driver education courses.
Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said there "needs to be a lifelong learning approach to driving that starts at school".
It's one of many steps supported by those who think the path to obtaining a driving licence in the UK needs to be tightened up, with tougher tests or a minimum number of lessons before a learner can sit their test.
In Columbia for example, learners must sit an exam and complete 40 hours of training before they can even apply for a provisional licence, and even then can't upgrade to a full driver's licence until they are 21.
In Papua New Guinea it can take up to five years and multiple tests before you can apply for a full licence.
Contrary to popular belief, the UK is comparatively easy on learners.
Not as easy as some though. In Mexico, you don't need to take a driving test if you are 18 or over; in India, the practical test is taken around a track; and in Turkey you only have to drive 400 yards to qualify.
That's my kind of driving test.
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