Seniors Getting around without a car: what are your options?

Are you no longer able to drive because of health problems? Has getting behind the wheel become too stressful? Rest assured; this doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Here are some alternative forms of transportation you may want to consider to help you remain independent.

• Active transportation. Depending on your situation, you may be able to walk or cycle to some of the shops or places you frequent most often. An electric-assist bike is an excellent option.

• Public buses. If your area is well connected, taking the bus is both a practical and economical choice. If you’re not familiar with this mode of transportation, ask someone close to you to help you figure out routes and timetables or to accompany you for a few days while you get your bearings.

• Taxis. Do you have a taxi service where you live? Hiring a taxi is an excellent way to get where you want to go, practically whenever you want. Bear in mind that some companies allow you to buy pre-paid vouchers to simplify your life.

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• Volunteer drivers. Various local organizations have volunteer driver programs, which can take you to appointments or the shopping mall, for example. Reservations are usually required.

• Private group transportation. Some organizations, such as seniors’ residences, leisure centres or clubs for older adults, offer free or low-cost group transit services. You can use them to attend local events, for example.

Of course, you can also ask friends and family for help from time to time. If you don’t feel comfortable asking, try coordinating some of your trips to limit the inconvenience.

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