Born in 1908 in Dayton, Ohio, Calvin Coolidge was president and Babe Ruth was having the best season of his career when Edythe Kirchmaier took her first driving test. This year she passed her most recent road test at the age of 105.
The California great-grandmother, who has never had so much as a parking ticket, said the test was a snap — and she never even thought about turning in her card and leaving the driving to someone else.
“I just couldn’t imagine myself without a car,” Kirchmaier told FoxNews.com. “It just didn’t feel very good.”
The Santa Barbara resident started out driving on the streets of Chicago in a Model A Ford Coupe back in 1927 while attending graduate school. That was long before the days of traffic jams and $4-per-gallon gas, and Kirchmaier said plenty of other things have changed, too.
“When I learned to drive, there were no rules of the road,” said Kirchmaier. “The roads were narrow and there were no signs saying 55 mph or anything like that.”
Through it all, Kirchmaier, who now drives a 1997 Dodge Caravan, has maintained a perfect driving record for 85 years — with no accidents, speeding tickets or parking violations to report.
“I think I’m a pretty good driver,” said Kirchmaier. “I feel safe about getting my driver’s license renewed because I’ve never had an accident.”
Kirchmaier took her latest DMV driver’s test on Jan. 23, the day after she turned 105. It’ll be good until 2017.
Kirchmaier is also one of the older drivers on the information superhighway: Kirchmaier, who has an active Facebook profile of her own, is reportedly the oldest member on the social media site.