If you’ve ever had a problem with your car not running you know how disruptive it can be. The same goes for visiting a strange city without transportation: it may be hard to get around the town without a car you can rely on. Here are some tips for circumventing the streest when your vehicle is on the fritz:

Check public transportation. Most major cities have buses that run regular routes; the same goes for subways and trains. Find the common mode of public transportation and see if the routes they travel will get you where you need to go.

Call a taxi: if you’re late for work and can’t find a ride, it might be better to call a cab than to miss a day of employment.

Carpool: call your friends, family, and coworkers and arrange a ride. Once your vehicle is back up and running you can take your turn being the driver. This can be especially effective if you need to run your kids to school or to sporting events, as there will be other parents trying to meet the same schedule.

Rent a replacement: if your car is going to be out of service for a while it might be a good idea to rent one for the duration. The same thing goes for visiting out of town: if you’re flying into a strange city you might want a rental to give yourself more options on where you can go and what you can see. With a rental car you’re not confined to tours and attractions dictated by the hotel or resort you’re staying at.

Whatever option you choose to get around your broken vehicle, remember to stay safe. Don’t wait outside for a taxi if you’re in a shady neighborhood, and don’t walk along an unlit street in the dark unless you’re wearing light colored clothing. By using your common sense as well as your imagination you should be able to come up with an alternative means of transportation while your vehicle is being repaired without being too inconvenienced by the lack of wheels!