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As we age, we may reach the point we can no longer drive ourselves places for our safety and the safety of other people on the roads. Although this transition may feel like it holds you back from living your life, you can find other ways to leave home besides driving yourself. Whether you’ve already stopped driving yourself or it’s in your near future, explore these ways seniors can get around without a car to give yourself various options.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is an excellent option for seniors who live in city limits and need to get to the store, an appointment, a friend’s house, etc. Whether it’s a bus, trolley, or taxi, you can get where you need to go for little or no cost. Unfortunately, if you live in a rural area, this mode of transportation may not be available.

Family and Friends

If you don’t like unfamiliar situations, friends and family members are the best people to ask for a ride. You can usually find a family member or friend to take you to the store or an appointment. However, there may be times those who are closest to you may have schedules incompatible with your needs.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

A non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) service is an effective solution to get to your appointments and surgeries, as these companies have the capacity to care for your existing medical needs. Of course, if you have a medical emergency, you should call for an ambulance or make your way to the nearest medical facility. However, if you need to travel more than 300 miles for medical attention, you should consider a company that offers long-distance non-emergency medical transportation.

Caregivers or Volunteers

If you have a caregiver, they may be able to drive you wherever you need to go. Furthermore, many local organizations have volunteers to transport those who can’t drive themselves. If your family and friends are busy and you have no other options, you should look for local volunteers and ask for a ride.

After learning the ways seniors can get around without a car, you don’t have to stay home even if you can’t drive yourself. Don’t let a lack of transportation hold you back from living your life to the fullest—there are always options if you need to leave home.