A 62-year-old woman can finally ditch her L-plates, 27 years after taking her first driving lesson.
Teresa Clarke, of Wroxham, Norfolk, went through 20 driving instructors, spent £15,000 in fees and had 450 hours of tuition. She also failed 12 driving tests, cancelled a further 35 and took 50 mock exams.
But she is now free to get behind the wheel of a car after passing her test at last. "It took a long time for it to sink in when I was told I had passed. I kissed the woman examiner," Mrs Clarke said.
She put her success down to an improved focus, saying: "My concentration is much better now - I don't drink coffee or tea any more and have no additives."
Mrs Clarke added that she has tried not to think about how much time and money she spent on learning to drive. She said it was over so many years that she was able to spread out the money.
"I've been through a lot of driving instructors because some of them kicked me out," she said. "But I was determined to pass and kept going."
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