Now is the time to get your student college ready but it should also be a time to get your student’s car college ready. Seeing your student off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far from home. The last thing on a college student’s list is checking the condition of the car they will take to school. Usually the parents handle the routine maintenance of the car but no matter who does it, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Advanced planning for a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents.
Check it Out
Having the car checked out from top to bottom can help avoid future problems. After all, your student has enough to worry about with his/her studies without having to spend time at a mechanic.
The following is the most overlooked items: tires and tire pressure, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, headlights and tail lights, fluid levels (engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Don’t forget to check the battery.
A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable. A checkup before your student goes to college will allow you to have repairs done at him with your own mechanic who knows the vehicle. There is a Shop Finder on the Car Care Council’s website to help locate the nearest repair facility if need be.
It’s always a good idea to have roadside assistance. Also, you should have jumper cables, flashlight (with batteries), blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, and a portable USB charger in the trunk. If the college is located up north, an ice scraper and small shovel may be a good idea also.
Put a list of important telephone numbers in your child’s cell phone and in the glove box in case of emergency. There could be a time when the cell phone is out of bars and an emergency occurs.
So, do your best and don’t delay. Get the car checked out for your peace of mind.