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Is it still possible to learn driving at 62?

Is it still possible to learn driving at 62? The short answer to this question is, OF COURSE YES! We have many pupils over the age of 62 learn to drive and pass their test at SmartLearner Driving School. Most over the age of 62 have usually uncounted something making them feel anxious to begin to learn to drive again (Accidents, mistakes etc) Whilst others may have just never got around to it. We encourage anyone who thinks its too late to give it a shot! Try at least one lesson or a taster which we at SmartLearner offer (90 minutes taster for £30*). Here is an extract from a blog post on DiaryofanADI: Can you be too old?

My personal opinion on this is yes, you can. But it’s not as simple as just your age, it’s also down to how you, your mind, and your body have handled it. I had one lady some years ago who was “around” 70 – she wouldn’t admit how old, but she’d hinted that it was 70+. She was disabled through arthritis and her lessons were being paid for through Motability. She was absolutely lovely – she was learning guitar, wrote poetry, and liked music (especially rock). She’d decided to learn to drive because her husband had died and she wanted to get around.

I don’t know how long it would have taken her, but the signs from the lessons she did were not good. I had to buy extra mirrors because her arthritis prevented her turning her head, and every lesson was like a beginner’s session – she forgot everything we’d covered before. Her Motability funding ran out until she’d passed her theory. She did phone me to say she’d be back once she’d passed, but I never heard from her again.

Some older people have serious age-related coordination and cognitive issues, and these are bound to affect how easily they can learn to drive. Other older people have very “young” minds and have fewer – if any – issues in this area.

I once knew someone who was mentally in his 50s or 60s by the time he reached 25. All he wanted was a wife and kids, and a pipe and slippers by the fire. Someone with that sort of outlook is likely to have serious issues learning something new by the time they really do get older (and believe me, he did).

Eventually, virtually everyone is “too old” to drive. For some, it might be in their 40s or 50s, while others may still have what it takes in their 80s. So it is logical that there may be a point at which some people shouldn’t waste time and money trying to learn. It’s just different for everyone.

So there you have it, if you wish to book in lessons whether you’re 17 or 67 please give us a call on 0800 118 2001.

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