We all have to travel to our own means as possible and finding the way to make your budget go further can unlock much more opportunity to see the world. However, when it comes to living with a disability, there’s an extra layer of cost that can be difficult to accommodate. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a road trip or to enjoy more as part of a city break, here are a few ways that you can cut the costs of getting around.
Cutting the costs of owning a car
When it comes to owning and driving a car around, whether for a commute or for your upcoming road trip, then it’s important to know what services are out there to help you. Being aware of the Blue Badge Scheme can help you find a greater variety of free parking spaces, cutting down at least some of the costs. However, you can also apply for an exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty (aka car tax) if you’re already on other disability benefits.
Getting access to accessibility
The one scheme that probably does the most in helping people with disabilities get around is the Motability scheme. This scheme essentially makes it a lot more affordable to get access to accessible vehicles, including leasing new and modified cars, powered wheelchairs, mobility scooters and the like. As such, getting your hands on the equipment that helps you get around can be a lot easier and with providers offering schemes like Vauxhall Motability, it can significantly slash down the costs of driving around. Being on the Motability Scheme also means that you will automatically be exempt from car tax, too.
Using public transport options
Depending on your location, there may be a range of free or discounted bus travel options that can help you more easily reach different destinations and get around town. Be sure to inquire with local transport stations about free bus passes, coach options, or community transport in the area. For trains across the country, then you might want to take a look at the Disabled Persons Railcard which can cut around 30% off the cost of most train journeys with no hassle or fuss.
Choose disability-friendly cities
There might not be too many of them, but a lot of cities are working to become a lot more friendly to people with disabilities. Right now, London is one of the chiefs amongst them, at least in the islands. There, you can take advantage of the Taxicard scheme that makes it easier for you to get around if you have trouble with public transport. Otherwise, these cities are a lot more likely to offer access to the mobility equipment that can help you better enjoy your trip around the city on your own, too.
Be sure to look at local resources to see if there are any additional benefits you can take advantage of. Living with a disability doesn’t always have to limit you from seeing more of the world.