Life is a journey and back again, quite literally, every day. Each day, we have demands on our time and energy that mean we have to leave the house to complete tasks. This could be for work or pleasure or errands or something in between all three (like gardening for an aging parent, for example). The point is that, most days, we need to get out and get around. Sitting still and switching off our phones and watching an entire boxset on Netflix is the dream, but it rarely plays out that way. We have to get to places and do things. And that means driving.
There are many reasons why you may have to stop driving. From medical reasons such as a stroke or the onset of symptoms that point to dementia, to reasons such as adhering to the terms of a driving ban (check out a locally based Bensalem DUI Lawyer if you’ve been affected).
Whatever the cause for handing over your keys – either indefinitely or for a period of time – the fact is that you now need a different way of getting around, because you may have stopped driving but the world does not stop spinning. Although you may feel a little like you have lost your independence, regaining control is not that difficult if you know how. Let’s look at how you could cope with life after driving.
Family and friends
We’ve all known people who have needed a lift on a regular basis. Most of the time, it’s for something like going to take part in sports together or gathering the family for a meal where one car can pick up several people on the way. The trick here is to figure out who is going to be where and when. Although this sounds odd, you could quite possibly build at least several days of your weekly journeys around joining in with different people as they head out on school runs or on their drive to work. Shopping for groceries is a task that can be taken care of by joining in on a neighbour or family member’s plans to go shopping once a week.
Keeping tabs on other people’s plans is strange at the start, but after a week or two you will become used to which lifts are typically available.
Public and community transport
Public transport can be slow but for the most part reliable enough. Look into reduced rate passes relevant to your situation. Also, community transport may be offered by certain authorities – this is more aimed towards community members with mobility issues, and generally consists of a minibus service that comes to your door.
Life after driving is possible, if you know where to look.