Hailing from Thane, Maharashtra, Gangabai Mirkute is turning 90 in June. But that's not stopping her from learning driving and applying for a new driver's license. Full story below.
A woman who is currently 89 years old and will turn 90 in June, has been taking driving lessons. A video of the woman driving a Hyundai Venue has gone viral on social media as people watching the video have been showering her with praise. Hailing from Thane, Maharashtra, Gangabai Mirkute was born in 1931 according to official documents and is currently working on getting a driving license. Talking to BBC News Marathi, she said that it is the confidence and not the age that matters in life.
“I wanted to learn driving and my grandson taught that to me a couple of years back. But even today, I can drive with confidence,” she said while sitting on the driver seat. Vikas Bhoir, his grandson taught her how to drive a car. He said “Around three years back, she had come to our place in Khardi. She fell ill and I drove her to a local doctor. On the way, I casually asked her if she wants to drive the car and she replied ‘Why not?’. I taught her driving and she started practising on open ground.”
“That was the beginning of her driving. Recently, when I bought a car, I went to seek her blessings. She immediately sat on the driver’s seat and started driving. That was her way of blessing me. I took a video of her driving the car and uploaded it on social media. The netizens praised her for her skills,” Bhoir said. The family is trying to get a driving license for her.
The family had tried it earlier as well but were not successful because certain documents were missing. They are planning to surprise her with a learner’s license on June 1, her birthday. Bhoir understands that getting a license for her will be difficult considering her age. However, a senior official from Kalyan RTO has stated that any individual who is mentally and physically fit can get a driving license as there aren’t any age limits for it.
As for the vehicle she is learning to drive in, the Hyundai Venue is one of the most popular compact SUVs in India. It comes with the option of 1 diesel and 2 petrol engine options, the first one being a 1.2-litre petrol making peak power and torque figures of 83 PS/115 Nm and is paired to a 5-speed manual. The 1-litre turbo-petrol churns max figures of 120 PS/172 Nm for power and torque can be mated either to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT. The oil-burner is a 1.5-litre unit which churns out 100 PS/240 Nm of max power and torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual. Prices for the Hyundai Venue range from Rs 6.75 lakh – Rs 11.65 lakh, ex-showroom.