Making the decision to retire from driving doesn’t mean that you will lose your mobility and independence. While there will be some lifestyle changes when you stop driving, if you plan ahead you can minimise any loss of independence and ease the transition.
One way to plan ahead is to incorporate your mobility and transport needs into your general retirement plan. Consider the advantages of moving to an area that has a variety of transport options, with shops, medical and community services and social activities close by.
Planning ahead can also provide financial advantages. By replacing some of your travel needs with public transport and taxi trips, you could save money on running your car and maintenance costs.
Using public transport more often before you retire from driving is also a great way to get used to the services in your local area. You can also make savings on longer journeys you’d normally take in the car.
You could also be eligible for discounted public transport throughout NSW if you hold a NSW Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Health Card.
Planning your retirement from driving
To help you adjust to changes in your lifestyle and enjoy a good quality of life, other On the road 65Plus information includes: