Transportation Alternatives for Senior Drivers
As the ability to drive diminishes with the onset of medical conditions and the normal cognitive and physical changes associated with aging, senior drivers put themselves at risk behind the wheel of a car. Consider these five modes of transportation that might offer safer alternatives.
- ITNAmerica: With affiliates in ten communities across the country, the Independent Transportation Network® offers rides to seniors 24/7 in private automobiles.
- Public transportation: Buses, subways, and commuter trains are available to seniors living in large metropolitan areas, usually at a relatively low cost, since seniors typically pay reduced fares.
- Volunteer services: Consult your local Area Agency on Aging (www.n4a.org/about-n4a/?fa=aaa-title-VI) to see if volunteer transportation services are available in your community.
- Taxi service: Although cabs may not be the most economical choice, they are good for short trips, when no other alternative exists, or for errands during which the driver can help load or unload packages. Some taxi services may work out a special long-term deal with seniors.
- Family and friends: Perhaps the friendliest, cheapest and easiest alternative for many seniors, relatives and neighbors are often available to provide transportation using their own cars or the senior driver’s car.
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