Your future driving

Ageing does not mean that you will have to stop driving

If you're used to getting around independently, the idea of being without a driver's licence or car is an awful thought. While many people stay well enough all their lives to drive, it's easier for yourself and your family if you think about being without a licence early in case it does become an issue.

Your future driving

It may help to talk with others about the challenges associated with ageing and the impact it will have on your driving. Friends and family may have ideas about arrangements you can make or how they can help.

Thinking about your options

It is important to think about the options available to you. For example, if you decide not to drive, keeping your car so others can drive you in it might be an option.

Are you thinking about moving to another house or to a retirement village? If so, consider these factors:

  • Is it close to friends and family? 
  • Are there shops, library, medical services, church, recreation facilities in the area and within walking distance or a short drive away? 
  • Are there other people of similar age and interests in the area who could share driving to events? 
  • Is there convenient public transport in the area? Are there seats at bus stops, are there stairs but no lifts at the railway station? 
  • Does the area have safe footpaths and pedestrian crossings? Is there good street lighting? 
  • Is there a community transport program in the area? 
  • Is catching a taxi an option? 
  • Do the supermarkets or any of the shops in the area do home delivery?

Be sure to ask friends and family about whether they would like to share the driving. They might also have ideas about other transport options.

Does your spouse or partner have their drivers licence? Would they be able to do all the driving? By sharing the driving now, both of you can retain your skills and confidence for as long as possible.

 

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