A Banbury motorist has wowed assessors by passing her advanced driving test at the grand old age of 83.
The Rev Stella Fairbairn enrolled on a Banbury Advanced Motorists course at the Halfords store on Southam Road to regain her confidence to drive on motorways – something she hadn’t attempted since the 1980s.
After a series of regular drives with Banbury observers, Mrs Fairbairn took her test on March 21 to the delight of her BAM instructors.
Institute of Advanced Motorists observer Tony Carney said: “Stella is very grateful to Banbury Advanced Motorists for the tremendous support given by their team of volunteer observers.
“In particular she appreciates the return of her confidence in her driving ability and her improved skill level.”
Mrs Fairbain, a former Banbury School teacher, once regularly drove up the M1 to Leicester to visit her mother, but ceased doing so in the 1980s. The Advanced Driving Test therefore meant she had to overcome the obstacle of her first ever drive on the M40.
Mrs Fairbairn said: “After several motorway drives I was overtaking everything in site.
“To be told that I had passed was wonderful. My thanks go to BAM.”
BAM holds monthly Sundrives on the first Sunday of each month from Halfords between 10am and noon. For details contact 01295 720804.