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Ron Brook, 67, passes driving test at his first attempt
A DRIVER from York has celebrated passing his test at the first attempt –at the age of 67.
Ron Brook, of Clifton Moor, is a retired factory worker who now works part-time as a cleaner at Dunelm Mill, and said he took up driving for the first time earlier this year to stave off boredom.
He said: “When I retired I was getting a bit bored. I’ve never been interested in driving and basically thought I would take it up as something to do and that’s what happened.
“I’ve got three brothers and nearly all my family drive, I’ve been relying on them chauffeuring me around in the past, so if they are willing to get in a car with me, it’s my turn. I’m looking forward to getting my first car now. I’m quite excited, I’ve got all sorts going through my head.”
Andy Parker, who operates Yor Pass Driving School, and taught Mr Brook for just four months leading up to his test, said: “This is a fantastic achievement, and he thoroughly deserves all the credit and recognition for what he has done. This is so rare and he probably is one of the oldest in the country to do this.”
“He only started with me in April and had only about 50 hours of training, which is pretty good. The rule of thumb is two hours for every year of your age, so for someone of 67 to do it in 50 hours is a real achievement. He’s achieved a fantastic feat in a relatively short space of time.”
Andy has been a driving instructor for almost 20 years, and said he had seen 17-and 18-year-old people struggle much more than Mr Brook had, and he was “genuinely over the moon” for his student.
He said: “I don’t think there would be many people that age doing this in the country, to be honest. He’s proof you can do it if you put time and effort in it.”
Mr Brook, who has driven a scooter for several years while unable to drive a car, said: “The test wasn’t too bad, I thought.
“I couldn’t believe it when the examiner told me I had passed. It’s not easy to learn to drive with all the signs and speed limits. Everything’s changing all the time, you’ve got to be really alert. I had a good idea, a bit of road sense from the scooter though.”
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