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A 99-Year-Old Has Become The Oldest Person To Learn How To Drive

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A 99-Year-Old Has Become The Oldest Person To Learn How To Drive

You’re never too old to learn how to drive, as one 99-year-old woman has proved recently by becoming Britain’s oldest learner driver. 

According to motoring association, MotorEasy, the 99-year-old is also joined by a 97-year-old and two 96-year-olds, who have all applied for their provisional licences since 2016. 

Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of MotorEasy, told the Mirror: “The saying goes that you are as young as you feel, and age doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving something as big as passing your driving test. 

"Many people find learning to drive a little daunting, so anyone who decides to take the plunge should be applauded no matter their vintage. 

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"These surprising figures show 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. 

760 people over the pension age of 66 have decided to learn how to drive over the last few years. Credit: Alamy
760 people over the pension age of 66 have decided to learn how to drive over the last few years. Credit: Alamy

"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) provided MotorEasy with a full breakdown of the ages and genders of the individuals who were granted a provisional driving licence between 2016 and 2021. 

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As expected, the sweet 16 age group has the most learner drivers, although you still have to wait until you turn 17 before you can legally drive on UK roads. 

Nevertheless, 760 people over the pension age of 66 have decided to learn how to drive over the last few years, including six people between the ages of 90 and 97, and 27 applicants between the ages of 80 and 89. 

You're never too old to learn to drive, apparently! Credit: Alamy
You're never too old to learn to drive, apparently! Credit: Alamy

You may be surprised to hear that there is no age limit on learning how to drive, or indeed driving, in the UK. 

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However, once you have reached the age of 70 you must renew your licence every three years, rather than every 10 years for under 70s, to ensure you are still physically and mentally fit for UK roads. 

Despite being 95, Her Majesty the Queen is no stranger to getting behind the wheel, as she was spotted driving around Windsor Castle just last month. 

The Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip, also kept driving until he was 97, just two years before he passed away. 

So, if you’re a young person who hasn’t learned to drive yet because you think your time has passed – it's clearly never too late.  

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Cars, UK News

Abbi Murray
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