Jack White (centre, cutting the NRMA’s 90th birthday cake) said he is determined to stay behind the wheel because
Jack White (centre, cutting the NRMA’s 90th birthday cake) said he is determined to stay behind the wheel because "I can drive better than I can walk now." Leigh Jensen

Jack marks a life of safe driving

JACK White is not a politician and he’s not a so called expert but when this veteran driver talks about the problems with the Pacific Highway there’s a compelling reason to listen to what he says.

You see Mr White is nudging 90 and in 71 years of driving has never had an accident or copped a bluey - "not even a parking ticket."

The spritely Sawtell retiree argues one of the reasons why more motorists are getting killed and injured on our roads is because the upgrading of our roads has not kept pace with the surge in population.

"I’ve lived in Sawtell for 23 years and in that time the number of people here having increased dramatically but our roads have not been improved at the same rate," Mr White said.

"More people are trying to use the same roads to get to the same places, and they all seem to want to get there quicker."

"If people just obeyed the law and drove to the speed limit there would hardly be any accidents."

Mr White got his licence in Sydney in 1938 when he was young shiftworker at the Homebush abbatoirs.

"I bought my first car that year. It was a Model A Ford and it cost me all of 10 pounds."

That was the year he also joined the motoring body NRMA.

He’s still driving and is now a life member of the organisation.

When the NRMA recently marked its 90th birthday with a morning tea for life members Mr White was a logical choice to cut the cake.

"The NRMA has always been good and very helpful, and you never know when you might break down, so it doesn’t make sense not to be a member."

To retain his licence Mr White now has yearly medical checks and a test every second year.

"I love driving. I always try to keep as far left and possible and stay as close to the speed limit as I can. If the sign says 60 that’s what I do."

"The problem is too many seem to think they can do what they like with no regard to the law or to other drivers, and until they change their mindset there will be no improvement in the road toll."
 



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