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Welsh great-grandmother is oldest driving instructor in the UK at the age of 94

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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Laura Thomas has been crowned Britain's oldest driver instructor at the age of 94 - and has taught more than a thousand learner drivers in 76 years behind the wheel.

Even more amazingly the great-grandmother from Pembroke Dock, West Wales has never been in an accident.

Laura said: "I've taught grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren from the same family.

"I've seen big changes in cars and the roads are a lot busier now but the basics of driving haven't changed.

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"Some people say motorists shouldn't be on the road at my age - but I don't think it matters how old you are as long as you still have your head screwed on."

She started driving back in 1938 when her brother bought her a new car for Christmas - although she can't remember what model it was.

She passed her test two months later and began giving her friends lessons in the hope that they would pass too.

She said: "People say I must be the oldest driving instructor in the country. I've never heard of an older one."

Mother-of-two Laura has never advertised instead spreading her reputation by word of mouth.

"Everybody came to me - I was busy all day, every day, It just grew and grew.

"I have had scares but I have had a lot of laughs too and I've never failed to stop a car with the handbrake

"It's one big laugh. I've enjoyed every moment of it. It's nice getting to know so many different people."

Mrs Thomas has cut back on the number of lessons she takes but still has no plans to hang up her L plates just yet.

Her daughter Joan Stace, 74, said: "She's taught me to drive when I was just 17 - and she is still telling me how to drive.

"When we're out and about, she says "Do you realise you have failed your test there?".

"She even ticks me off for my parking. I sometimes throw my hands up in horror and say maybe you should take some time to relax mum.

"But she always has and always will do her own thing."

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