After spending years on the road, the idea of no longer being able to grab your keys and hit the pavement may be a hard thing to swallow. But if you’ve reached the point where driving has become more of a hazard than an everyday task, retiring your keys may be the right thing to do.
There’s no doubt that adjusting to different modes of transportation may take some getting used to. Few people like the idea of depending on others or relying on public methods, but the alternative is much worse: car accidents, racking up ICBC points and penalties, or worst of all, harm to you and others.
Besides, there are a lot of perks to not driving, like the cost! When you forego gas, car, and insurance payments, you’ll have a lot more money to spend on much better things, like a cruise or vacation!
So here are a few ways you can get around without getting behind the wheel:
With more routes being added, the bus and Skytrain are a great way to move around Metro Vancouver. There’s also the Westcoast Express for those looking to travel towards the TriCities. People 65 and older can take advantage of the cheap monthly rates – only $52 for an unlimited pass in all three Skytrain zones. That’s like half a tank of gas!
Is a door-to-door shared ride service under the Translink umbrella and run by MVT Canadian Bus. It is great for those who have mobility and cognitive disabilities. The service of 338 buses runs 18 hours a day. For more information ready the HandyDART FAQ.
Taking public transportation at night may not always be the safest option, so during those times you’re better off calling a taxi. While it may cost a little more, you can’t put a price on arriving home safe and sound.
Senior & Disability Services
There are several alternative-driving services in Vancouver and the lower mainland, including various Driving Miss Daisy franchises. This is a service that caters to assisting in transportation and accompaniment for seniors and those with disabilities. According to Marina Kuznetsov, owner of the North Shore franchise, “transportation and safety is a key issue for people who cannot drive anymore. Driving Miss Daisy can help you keep your independence and maintain your social network. Our main goal is to improve the quality of life for those that need our services the most. Driving Miss Daisy service providers are security cleared, have clean drivers abstracts, CPR/First Aid certification and legislated automobile insurance and commercial general liability insurance. Driving Miss Daisy is – accompanying you to a fuller life”.
Friends and family
You’ve spent most of your life taking care of them, and now it’s time for them to take care of you! In most cases, your kids and grandkids are more than happy to take you wherever you need to go, so don’t feel as though you’re asking too much from them. Their number one priority is to make sure you’re safe.
If you physically still able, for short trips, you can use the mode of transportation you’ve had since birth: walking! Just make sure you’re feeling well and bring water with you incase you need to hydrate.
If you live in a senior care facility, check with reception to see what transportation options are available to you, as many have group buses or vans for their residents.
Even though it may be hard to hang up the keys, don’t wait until you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident to make the decision. The only way to find out which method suits your lifestyle is to hop on and test it out. Soon you’ll see that retiring from driving won’t cost you your independence.