Get­ting out and about

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As you get on in years and no doubt hav­ing re­tired from paid em­ploy­ment, it is im­por­tant to keep abreast of un­nec­es­sary ex­pen­di­ture, par­tic­u­larly if you are plan­ning on be­ing around for a good while yet. One such ex­pense is travel. Now if you have your driv­ers li­cence and are a keen and com­pe­tent driver then there is cer­tainly no need to be hang­ing around the house all day watch­ing the tele or star­ing at the ceil­ing. Not at all. In fact now is the ideal time to get out there and en­joy life, but what about the cost? With the con­tin­u­ing rise and fall of petrol prices, those hard­est hit are cer­tainly the more se­nior of our cit­i­zens and it would be fair to say the re­sult is a cer­tain amount of el­derly folk go­ing stir crazy. How­ever, there is a def­i­nite light at the end of the tun­nel and with a lit­tle fore­thought this ex­pense can be re­duced to a more suit­able sum. One op­tion is if you have a larger, more fam­i­ly­ori­ented ve­hi­cle it might be a good idea to trade it for some­thing smaller and suited to your chang­ing needs. If you al­ready have a small ve­hi­cle, per­haps your out­ings could in­clude a num­ber of friends who can help off-set the cost. An­other op­tion that is prov­ing quite pop­u­lar to­day, al­though more suited to the rel­a­tively spritely, is the pur­chase of a moped. With a cc rat­ing of just un­der 50, th­ese can be driven with just a car li­cence and cost next to noth­ing to run. The only draw­back of course is the rid­ing of such is weather-driven. You don’t want to be out and about in the cold and wet. It’s not only mis­er­able, but can be danger­ous, al­though on finer days this mode of trans­port is per­fect, par­tic­u­larly for vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily and pop­ping down to the lo­cal shops.

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