For many people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), maintaining an independent lifestyle is very important. Traveling to where you need to go can be a concern, especially if you don’t drive. But the good news is that there are plenty of ways to get around. In the age of the internet and modern transportation, more information and services are available than ever before.
Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of independent travel for everyday life with MS:
Today, there are more ways than ever to plan a trip, whether by bus, train, taxi, or car. Consider using internet trip-planning services and GPS apps to help make your trips more efficient. No matter how you get around, planning ahead can help save time and energy. You can get directions, find different route options, compare modes of transportation (for example, buses versus trains), and keep up with traffic reports. Watch Jessica T. share her routine for planning ahead before running errands.
Depending on where you live, buses and trains can be great ways to get around for people with MS. If your schedule allows, you can avoid the crowds by traveling during off-peak hours to help make your ride more comfortable. If you use a mobility assistive device, be sure to research special services in your area, such as wheelchair accessible stations and buses. Also, look to see if your city has a public transportation app to help you plan your trip. Find more information about public transportation in your area.
From traditional taxis to car services, there are more options available now than ever. So take a look into which services and apps are in your area. Taxis and car services may help make traveling more efficient. Using mobile apps for these services could make pickups and payment even easier. These services can get a bit pricey if used on a regular basis, so try to plan your trips carefully and make sure they fit into your budget. If you have any issues with mobility or special needs, be sure to look into any special services that may be available.
If you have somewhere to go, try asking a loved one to take you. It’s okay to ask for help if you need it. Try to see these rides as a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with a care partner. Enjoy the bonding experience while still being productive!
If you are cleared to drive by your healthcare team and are legally eligible, a handicap plate or placard can help make your driving experience more convenient. A plate or placard may help you find a parking spot closer to your location, possibly helping you use less energy. Remember to regularly check in with your healthcare team about your ability to drive.
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