PAUL Michelson may be 88 but he’s still one of the best drivers on the road.
He started driving more than 70 years ago.
And now Mr Michelson, 88, of Netherton, has passed the Advanced Driving Test at the first attempt.
The 90-minute test, set by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), requires drivers to progress safely over all types of roads from country lanes to motorways.
IAM examiners must hold a Police Class One driving licence and many are serving or former traffic police officers.
Mr Michelson, a grandfather-of-two, demonstrated the necessary skills and manoeuvres to earn his IAM Skills for Life certificate.
IAM have a ‘Drive 55’ programme to help people over 55 brush up their driving skills.
Mr Michelson, a former president of the Huddersfield Choral Society, was advised to take the advanced test after completing the Drive 55 programme with ease.
It was in the Army in 1940 that he first got behind the wheel of a vehicle and was taught to drive.
Since then, he has had the odd penalty point for speeding but has never caused an accident.
Mr Michelson, who has been playing cello and piano in the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra for 55 years, said: “At my time of life the question of retaining your licence is important because you lose your liberty without it.
“I’ve got arthritis and I live a long distance from the bus stop.
“I wasn’t surprised to have passed it first time. I had the same examiner on the Drive 55 test so I felt confident.
“It’s an extremely valuable asset to improve your driving skills. I recognised perhaps what I could have become complacent about while out driving.
“I consider it an achievement to have passed the test at my age.”
Paul learned his advanced driving skills with the Huddersfield branch of the IAM, based in Golcar.
Chairman Lionel Holmes said: “If drivers are good enough, they’re good enough and age doesn’t come into it.
“Paul was brilliant from the beginning.”