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We make it easier to stop driving

CarFreeMe has been designed using evidence-based methods to help older adults and people with health conditions stop driving without limiting their life and freedom. Our client-centred solution is simple and effective, enabling people to continue doing what they love ‘car free’.

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Become an accredited Coach

Our comprehensive, evidence-based program will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an accredited Coach and run your own CarFreeMe workshops in your local community.

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Complete the program anytime, anywhere

No matter where you are, you can complete each of the 10 lessons in the CarFreeMe coaching program on our digital platform, at a time and place that is convenient for you.

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Transform peoples lives

As a CarFreeMe Coach, you have the potential to transform peoples lives by making it easier for them to stay active, mobile, and independent after driving cessation.  

What people are saying
Testimonial from Heather

“I have learned about finding alternative means of transport, planning with more wisdom, the search for best retirement options. The information supplied, support and encouragement, professionalism of the program have all been very useful.”

Heather*
Brisbane, QLD

Testimonial from George
“The useful information and the common positive ways of the group helped in overcoming the desire to keep driving after more than 55 years. The need to drive has been dissipated and the camaraderie of the group was such that I looked forward to each session.”

George*
Sunshine Coast, QLD

CarFreeMe Coach testimonial

“The groups offer very practical strategies and information about continuing to live well after you stop driving. You are learning from and with people who are going through the same experiences, so it is a supportive and friendly environment

Tammy
QLD CarFreeMe coach

* These testimonials are from actual participants in the Car Free Me (formerly UQ Drive) Program trials.  We have used fictitious names and stock images as participants gave their feedback anonymously.
Why CarFreeMe works

Since 2001, a multi-disciplinary team from The University of Queensland have been developing and evaluating the CarFreeMe Program (formerly known as UQ Drive), in collaboration with the community. Our unique approach is grounded in occupational therapy theory, adult learning principles, and client-centred practice approaches. Participants who complete the program have shown to own their decision to stop driving, feel more in control of planning, develop confidence and comfort, and are still able to go wherever they want to go.

Why driving cessation is difficult

Driving is about more than just the car. Driving represents independence and freedom and can be seen as vital for a social and active lifestyle. Older adults and people with health conditions may need to, or choose to, stop driving. This can have a negative impact on their quality of life and health including difficulties with mood and adjustment and participation in activities. Professional support for people who retire from driving is often sought from health professionals.

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