A doughty 99-year-old woman has been crowned Britain’s oldest learner driver.

The plucky nonagenarian is among thousands of would-be motorists who decide to hit the road later in life, new research shows.

Leading motoring association MotorEasy obtained a breakdown of the age profiles of people who applied for provisional driving licences in recent years and also found a 97 year old and two 96 year olds among last year’s crop of would-be learners.

Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of MotorEasy, said: “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.

"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.

"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.”

MotorEasy asked the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a full breakdown of the ages and genders of people who applied for and been granted a provisional driving licence between 2016 and 2021.

The statistics show 16 is always the most popular age for learner drivers to begin the process, with 17 being the legal age to drive on UK roads.

Some 187,208 learners aged 16 applied for a provisional licence so far in 2021, with the next most common age being 17 with 110,576 applicants.

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