A 99-year-old British woman has recently become Britain’s oldest learner driver. She proved to all those people giving up on getting their driver’s license that you’re never too old to learn how to drive!
This woman joined the driving lessons with two 96-year-olds who have all applied for their provisional licenses since 2016.
The founder and CEO of the motoring association MotorEasy, Duncan McClure Fisher told the Mirror that “age doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving something as big as passing your driving test.” He also added that “as long as you have the physical and mental ability to become a capable and responsible driver, it shouldn’t matter whether you begin at 17 or 99.”
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) broke down the ages and genders of the individuals that granted their driving license between 2016 and 2021. They found out that teenagers made up the majority of these individuals. However, there were still a total of about 760 people over the pension age of 66 that started to learn how to drive during the last few years. This number includes 31 applicants between the ages of 80 and 97.
Duncan McClure Fisher commented on these figures and said that “rather than being cowed by their age and events such as the Covid pandemic, these plucky pensioners are embracing their independence and living life to the full.”
If you haven’t learned to drive because you think you’re too late – your time has not passed yet!