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Transportation for the Elderly


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Transportation for the Elderly

Hi. My name’s Betty. I’m sixty-two years old and live with my husband, Matt. My mother lives on our property, but at age ninety-one still insists on living alone. Mom has a good mind and for her age does well physically. She drove up until four years ago when we all decided it would be best for her to not be behind the wheel. It’s worked out well with her living on our property. Matt or I would take her places. We made sure she had groceries, made it to doctors appointments, and to her social engagements. About six months ago, however, Matt fell ill and our lives changed. I am his full-time caregiver, and Matt can no longer drive. I had to find help for my Mom which was difficult to do. I am going to share what I found and hope it helps you should you ever need transportation.

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In order to transport your motorcycle long distances, you may find that a motorcycle trailer can be the most efficient and safest option. Whenever you are looking to buy a motorcycle trailer, it is important to be aware of the types of factors that can help to make buying and using a motorcycle trailer easy.

Opt For A Double-Wide Trailer

There are different sizes when it comes to motorcycle trailers. While individuals with a single motorcycle may assume that they should opt for the smallest trailer possible, it is often more effective to use a double-wide motorcycle trailer. This can make it more convenient in the future if you choose to buy another motorcycle or ever wish to take a friend and their bike with you.

Be Aware Of Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity

While your motorcycle may not be a large vehicle, it will still be extremely heavy. As a result, it can be possible for the motorcycle to exceed the towing capacity fo the vehicle. When this occurs, it can cause performance problems for the engine as well as damage to the wheels, brakes and suspension system. Some individuals will fail to consider the weight of the trailer when they are determining whether their vehicle will be able to haul their motorcycle. To help reduce the impact that the weight of the trailer will have, it is possible to opt for trailers that are made of strong but lightweight materials.

Choose A Trailer With Rear Lights Included

Your motorcycle trailer will likely block the rear brake lights from view. This can make it harder for individuals driving behind you to know when you are stopping. For this reason, it is usually legally required for these trailers to have brake lights on them. It is possible to add these lights to a trailer that does not have them, but this can be a very inconvenient task to need to be done. A more convenient option will be to choose a trailer that already has brake lights built into it. In addition to being more convenient, this will likely prove to be the more durable option.

Keep Spare Straps Available

When you load your motorcycle into the trailer, you will need to secure it in place. This is usually done through the use of straps. Most people will find that their straps will last for years without suffering noticeable wear and tear. However, it can be a possibility that the straps will fail. Keeping a spare set in the vehicle will allow you to quickly change out any damaged straps so that your vehicle will remain secure throughout the trip.