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100 Year Old Driving School

  • Episode: 

    4 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 20 Mar 2018
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    7.30pm - 8.00pm
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    Week 12 2018 : Sat 17 Mar - Fri 23 Mar
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Episode 4
100 Year Old Driving School is back on our screens in half hour re-cuts of the original series.
With the help of examiners from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the national campaign for mature driving assessments continues to roll out across the country. For some of our drivers, this is the first driving test that they’ve ever taken, and the time has come to square up to judgement day. 
This week, RoSPA have set-up campaign HQ at Hicks Gate fire station in Bristol, and watching their endeavours are a bemused set of fire fighters. First up to take his first ever driving test is former army major John Hamilton, now in his 100th year. A self-taught driver who first drove a Bren Gun Carrier, John thinks of himself as a capable driver: “half the accidents I’ve had have been other people’s fault”, but it’s a rocky start when he mounts the curb within the first few seconds of his assessment. 
Elsewhere, 100-year old Geoffrey Gillow has a point to prove to his daughter who wants him to stop driving, and we also meet 91-year old Alfie Harris in Wolverhampton, who must now take the big decision on whether the time has come to hand in his keys. 
RoSPA’s national campaign continues in Bristol. Among the drivers hoping to impress is former stunt aficionado Dick Sheppard, who set a record for successfully walking away from over 2,000 car write-offs.