Older Drivers

Other Ways to Get Around

In many communities, driving is just one form of transportation. There are plenty of other ways to get around. “Retiring” from driving can feel like a big loss at first, but it does not mean giving up independence.

Getting Guidance

Your transportation options depend on where you live. Many cities have easily accessible public transportation systems, but not all older adults feel comfortable using them. Rural areas tend to have fewer services than cities and suburbs. A “mobility manager” guides consumers through transportation services. Contact a local aging organization or public transit agency to find out if your community has one.

Questions to Consider

Before choosing a new way to get around, consider these questions.

A taxi, van, or bus may not cost as much as you think, especially since you are no longer paying car expenses like insurance and gas.

What Are Your Needs?

Depending on your needs, you may want to use more than one type of transportation. Here are some factors to consider:

Transportation Options

These are some possible transportation options.

Questions to Ask Transportation Providers

Here are some questions to ask when looking at transportation services.




Check Out Delivery Services

If you can’t go out to get something, have it come to you. Many grocery stores and pharmacies will deliver straight to your door. Your health plan may allow you to receive prescription medications by mail. You can buy many things by catalog or online. In addition, many restaurants deliver meals, or you may be eligible for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers hot meals to people with limited mobility.

To find out about transportation services in your area, contact Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.gov or 800-677-1116. Information is also available from