Both vehicles and people age. It is one of those well-known facts of life that no one really wants to talk about. Vehicles reach a point where they need more frequent repairs. People do, too, and sometimes reach a point where repairs might be problematical. If you have past age 60, you know very well that your eyes, your hearing, and your reflexes aren’t quite what they were twenty years ago. Your income source has changed. You might be living on a pension or retirement plan. Your obligations might run more toward getting to medical appointments than going to a day job. Depending upon where you live, you might still need to maintain a motor vehicle.
You Can Benefit from Roadside Assistance
No matter whether you customarily travel for thirty minutes a week, or thirty minutes a day, you can benefit from having a good roadside assistance plan in place. Roadside assistance isn’t quite like breakdown cover for newer vehicles. You might have to pay for the parts or deliverables such as gasoline, but it will bring a qualified person who has only your well-being in mind to your assistance. Whether you need a tire changed, a can of fuel or a battery charge, you can count on quickly seeing a service van from your roadside assistance company coming to your rescue.
Towing and Transporting
If you have special needs, such as you carry an oxygen tank or other assistive devices, it is a good idea to discuss that with your roadside assistance cover agent. That way your local assistant will know if he or she has a limited amount of time to get to your side or if you will need to transport equipment such as an air tank or wheelchair should your own vehicle not be easily repaired. While such needs might increase your cost, it is well worth the difference when it comes to keeping a mechanical failure at a simple level of “one of those things” and keeping it from becoming a life-threatening adventure.
When the Emergency is You
As we age, our bodies are as likely to present a “mechanical failure” as our beloved vehicles. With the addition of Onstar and similar communication devices in your vehicle, sending out a call for help can sometimes be achieved at the touch of a button. While not within the purview of breakdown cover, having a medical alert system in place is a great idea if you know that your health is beginning to fail. While your medical alert takes care of you, your breakdown service can help with recovering your vehicle so that it is not left sitting at the side of the road.
Who Rides with You
Being retired can sometimes mean being busier than ever before. You might be spending time with friends in your age group, or you might have visiting family members from your own children right down to great-grandchildren. Discuss how many people and/or pets can be transported in the event of an emergency. Puppies, kittens, cats, dogs and adult human family members are all at risk when your vehicle breaks down. You want to be sure that anyone in your car or truck is protected in the event of mechanical failure.
Living Life to Its Fullest
Good breakdown cover or roadside assistance can set you free to enjoy travel and seeing the sights without worrying about whether you can still change a tire in fifteen minutes or less. Roadside assistance that is already informed of any special considerations can help save the day when you are making regular doctor visits or just going about your daily life.