Getting By Without Driving

Who doesn’t drive?

If you don’t drive, you’re in good company. Many people stop driving because of the hassle and expense of auto insurance, car maintenance, and gasoline. Other people stop driving because they feel unsafe on the road. Some people never learned how to drive in the first place!

Although most Americans use their cars to get around, many people get by just fine without one. In this sheet, we suggest ways to get by without driving.

Where can you find a ride?

Here are some ways to get a ride. See which ones work best for you.

If you can’t go out to get something, have it come to you.

Many stores will deliver their products straight to your door.

Where can you find more information about services in your area?

The following agencies can provide you with information to get you started:

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Eldercare Locator
1 800 677-1116
Call this toll-free number and ask for the phone number of your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Your local AAA can tell you more about ride options, Meals-on-Wheels, and senior recreation centers in your area.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Resource Directory for Older People
1 800 222-2225

Call this toll-free number and ask the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to send you their Resource Directory for Older People. This 111 page directory lists organizations that provide services for older people.

Put it all together.

Fill out the table below with names and phone numbers of services in your area. Keep this information handy by placing it next to your phone or posting it on your refrigerator.


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