A great gran has become one of the UK’s oldest learner drivers to pass their test aged 75 – more than half-a-century after her first lesson.
June Evans first got behind the wheel in 1967 but packed it in after a few lessons to bring up her children.
The retired hairdresser, who has two grown up sons, three grandchildren and one great grandchild, started taking lessons again from husband Brian when she turned 60.
She decided to learn after Brian, 83, decided to stop driving due to his age and to “re-live her youth”.
Despite failing three times, June finally passed on her fourth attempt last Tuesday (4/9) – the day of her and Brian’s 57th wedding anniversary.
June, of Great Barr, West Mids., says she can’t wait to drive her husband for day trips in their BMW 520i.
She said: “I’m trying to re-live my youth.
“It feels good doing 60mph on the dual carriageway but I always remember to stick to speed limit whenever I am.
“I’m not fast but I can put my foot down on the open road.
“I’ve always said I’d love go on a racing track.
“I’ve not had any accidents since learning how to drive.
“I think I’m quite a good driver.
“We’ve got a couple of trips planned in the future.
“I want to try and drive on the motor so we can go and see our son in Shropshire.
“I went out on myself for the first time on Saturday it went fine I only went to the local shops.
“When I turned 60 my sons said to me ‘why don’t you start driving’ so I thought why not? They even got me my provisional licence as a birthday present.
“I’ve been driving on L-plates ever since but last year I decided I wanted to be able to drive on my own so took my test.
“I took about 25 proper lessons and Brian would take me out but he’s been the better instructor.
“We’ve had our ups and downs and a few choice words have been said.
“There have been heated moments – sometimes he shouted at me but I think I’m a safe driver – I haven’t crashed yet.”
“But he has been a real help and I couldn’t have done it without him.
“I felt confident with Brian in the car.
“I never thought of giving up I wanted to do it so badly.
“The first time I failed they had changed the car I had been learning in on the day of the test and I stalled in it a lot even though I’d never stalled before.
“I managed to pass on my fourth time.
“It was brilliant I couldn’t be more chuffed.
“Passing your test is all about the day.
Brian, a retired artist, said he was delighted June had finally passed her test.
He said: “June is an absolutely excellent driver.
“Like all learners, she’s had a few lapses but was always fine the next day.
“You do tend to worry about them on their first time out on the road.
“But it’s about staying local when you first start and sticking to the roads you know – then you can venture out.
“At 75 it’s a different kettle of fish from when your say 35.
“It’s very difficult to teach anyone to drive I think especially when you’ve got no breaks on your side.
“Sometimes I had to shout at her.
“The only thing I had was my big mouth.
“She wasn’t happy with the driving instructors and felt more comfortable with me teaching her and in our car.
“She managed to pass which was fantastic, I was so happy for her.”
The oldest British person to pass their test was Eileen Ash, from Norfolk, who passed her test at the age of 105 in 2015.