JIM Lymbery attributes his clean driving record of 76 years to common sense on the road - and a little bit of good luck.
Mr Lymbery turned 93 last week and he voluntarily surrendered his driver's licence at the Service NSW Centre in Kiama last week, where he was presented with a safe driving certificate by Kiama MP Gareth Ward to mark the occasion.
Mr Lymbery said in the past couple of years there had been moments on the road where he had become "a bit unsure" and decided he would hand his licence in once he turned 93.
However his driving days came to an end just over two months ago when he washit from behind at an intersection and his trusty Toyota Corolla was "smashed beyond repair".
As Mr Lymbery sat in the new Service NSW Centre yesterday enjoying a celebratory cake, some teenagers were collecting L plates marking the first step towards obtaining their own licence.
Mr Lymbery reflected on how he first obtained his licence as a 17-year-old.
At the time he lived on the family dairy farm at Numbaa near Nowra and he was driving a Fiat Tourer, which his father had bought brand new in the early 1930s.
"In those days you just went to the Nowra police station and the sergeant-in-charge took you for a drive around a few blocks of Nowra," Mr Lymbery said.
"I turned up and he said to me, 'You've come at the right time because you can drive me down the main street to get the mail'.
"So I took him to the post office and he went in and got this great bundle of letters for the police station
"He then said, 'Just drive on down to the newsagent', where he got out. "By the time he had talked to practically everybody in the street, he eventually got back to the car, I drove him back to the police station and he said, 'You'll pass'."
Mr Lymbery, who moved to a farm on the edge of Kiama in 1954, spent plenty of time on the road over 76 years, driving tractors, trucks and buses.
He once drove around Australia in his Toyota Landcruiser and drove for Meals on Wheels for many years.
Mr Lymbery chuckled as he said he had bought a four-wheel electric scooter to get around Kiama.
"At least I won't have to find a parking spot," he said.
"I can pull up right out the front of the shop ... and I haven't had a prang in it yet."
Mr Ward said Mr Lymbery deserved recognition after driving for more than 75 years without ever getting a fine for speeding or any other driving offence.
"Mr Lymbery's safe driving record is an outstanding achievement and a fine example for others to follow," Mr Ward said.