Failed Driving Tests for 26 Years! Pedestrians wonder what Miss Hunter is up to.
Scares Traffic Cops to Death!
There is nobody in the world who drives a car quite like Miss Margaret Hunter — thank God. She is the world’s worst driver. She is so bad that an instructor who tried to improve her driving jumped out of her car screaming: “This is suicide. It’s madness.”
Miss Hunter, who is 66, had her first driving lesson 26 years ago. She gave up learning a year later when no instructors would go out with her any more.
She started again three years ago and quickly worked her way through all five driving schools near her home at Oakmere, Cheshire, England.
At the fifth and last school she was put in the care of Stan Davenport, a specialist at getting the best from the worst drivers and a man who had never been known to show fear. He explained to startled watchers: “I have my family to think of. It would be lunacy to travel another inch with that woman.” He gave up his job as an instructor and even left the district to keep out of Miss Hunter’s path.
(…) In a car decorated with four L-plates to show she was a learner and a sign saying: “Be proud of your driving ability,” she took another test. Things did not go too badly until she started driving the wrong way down a one-way street. She took the sidewalk again to get out of trouble.
Her comment afterwards: “I don’t think I should have failed. Everybody else seemed confused but I was cool as a cucumber.”
Miss Hunter was tired of it all by this time so she journeyed down to Southern Ireland, where driving licences are issued without tests. She established residence there and bought one. This licence entitled Miss Hunter to drive on the roads of England — and almost every other country in the world — and she returned home to Cheshire and began to menace the local populace from behind a steering wheel.
Source: Midnight, May 24, 1965.