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I Get Around: 7 Ways to Get Where You Need When You Don’t Drive

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Today, it may seem easier than ever before to maintain independence when you don’t drive.

People of all ages have realized that they may have the option to forgo car ownership and opt for what may be less expensive, less burdensome and, sometimes, more environmentally-friendly ways to get around. Whether you’ve already hung up the keys or are considering doing so, here are some ideas that may be able to help you get where you need to go, even without a car.

Use your own two feet. It’s not an option for everyone, but if you’re able to get where you need to go by walking or riding a bike, the payoff may be worth it. Either of those options can also help burn calories, boost your heart rate and help the environment. Plus, it’s a great way to connect with your own surroundings. You may view the world a little differently when you’re not in a car.

Try a rideshare. If you live in an area with rideshare services, you may already know that the convenience is a game-changer. Just open up a ride-share app, and within minutes in most cases, a driver will be at your service and ready to take you anywhere you need to go. If payment information is collected through the app, you don’t even need to exchange cash.

Call a cab. If you’re not quite ready to make the leap to a ride-share service, a taxi may be a good option. Depending on where you live, you may be able to flag a cab down or call ahead and schedule a driver to pick you up.

Use public transportation and paratransit. If buses and trains are an option in your town, they may be extremely helpful when it comes to running errands, visiting doctors and meeting up with friends. You can even use an online map or an app to plan and schedule your route. Simply type in your address and the address of your destination and you’ll get directions that help you get from A to B. If you’re unable to use public transportation, find out if you can use paratransit services. These are transportation options that help people with disabilities.

Consider carpooling. Ask around and find out if friends, family and neighbors are available to give you a ride from time to time. Even if you can’t drive and return the favor, there’s surely something you can offer in exchange, whether it’s watching kids, baking cookies or offering to help out in some other way.

Bring the outside world in via delivery. Can’t make a trip to the store today? Depending on where you live, you may be able order just about anything you need online and it’ll be delivered to your home in no time at all. From groceries, to restaurant meals, electronics and clothing — it’s all at your fingertips. 

Find help within the community. Places of worship, non-profits and even municipalities may offer services that provide rides for seniors at low or no cost. Do an online search or ask your local government office or senior center about the options available to you. 

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