Transportation Planning

Transition to Limited Driving or Living Car-free

Planning is the key to a successful transition to car-free living. Planning for both needed and desired trips reassures the older adult that they are not house-bound, that there are alternatives to driving, and their needs can be met. A discussion about limiting or stopping driving should include a written plan that lists destinations, distance from home, and transportation options for reaching those destinations.

Use the Trip Planner Tool below to create a plan that works for everyone. Visit out Transportation Options webpage to help you explore the transportation alternatives in your community.

Trip Planner Tool

Use the My Transportation Plan tool by clicking on the image to the right and downloading the document.

Answer the questions:

  • Where do I want to go, and how far away is it?
  • How often do I need or want to go there?
  • What options are available to me?
  • Can I combine a trip or use two modes to get there?

Example: I want to go to the senior center once a week on Tuesday mornings. It’s a mile away. I could get a ride from my friend who is still driving, or I could take the municipal van, or I could get a Lyft ride through Go Go Grandparent. I know the municipal van will be there to take me home.”

Owning and operating a vehicle can be more expensive than you think! By writing down your actual
expenses, you can get an idea of how much money could be available for alternative transportation if you were to stop driving. Download the Hartford’s Transportation Cost Worksheet to calculate your options.

Check out the Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life, AAA’s Senior Transportation Mobility Planner or CDC’s Mobility Plan for more ways to get started planning!