As soon as I tell people that I don’t drive their first question is always “so how do you get around?” In reality, getting around without being able to drive means I have lots of choices available. It may take a little longer to get places but as long as we plan routes etc there are always options.
Taxi: The amount of places we go we could easily get a taxi there and back and still not be spending anywhere near the costs it would take to run a car. Our local shopping centre is 7 miles away and less than £10 each way via taxi. Door to door service.
Bus: We have a bus stop literally at the either end of our road so it takes a two minute walk in either direction depending on which way we are heading! There are some amazing family passes available at the moment and heading into Summer. Our local service is only £1 for school children to travel anywhere. It is worth checking out before setting off, and remember under 5 don’t pay!
Bike: My girls adore travelling by bike! As long as we have somewhere safe to leave our bikes at the destination I think this is an ideal solution. It is environmentally friendly and of course gets exercise into our day. I especially love the tricycles from Jorvik as they have a fabulous shopping basket attached! I love the idea of taking our bikes to the shops and having somewhere to put the shopping instead of swinging from the handle bars on the way home! How country kitchen do they look too – I really think they scream BUY ME DEBBIE!
Walk: To be honest we live approx 30 minutes from walk from the shops but it is not something we haven’t done before. I love to walk and it helped me lose over 3 stone last year. Once I stopped having to walk the children to school I put almost all of it back on! Our doctors, dentist and anything else we could need are all within walking distance so I guess we are pretty lucky on that score.
There are so many other options than driving but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do my lessons and test again. I failed three times when I was 18 and gave up. The thought of tests sends my anxiety through the roof and I just crumble under the pressure. Maybe at 44 I should give it anther go!