Now that graduation parties have concluded and your teen is packing their car for college, you should remind them of the safest driving practices. Maintaining a car and being safe is a considerable responsibility for most teenagers. If your college driver has the opportunity of bringing a car to university, here are a few important tips you should go over with them before the send-off:
Tip #1: Don't Forget Your Insurance Card
Make sure your child has their insurance car and information in case of emergencies. Most cards also have a road service number on the back to contact if you are stranded or in an accident. College drivers must know such details in the case that they have to file a claim.
Tip #2: Check License Renewal And Tabs/Tags
Being hours away or in another state with expired license tabs/tags can get your student an expensive ticket. Before departing home, ensure that license plate tags and your kid's driver's license are up to date and will remain active for the school year.
Tip #3: Know Where The Critical Information Is
By now, you should've already discussed the importance of the owner's manual. Review the appropriate tire size, tire pressure settings, and other important information on the inside driver side door panel. Before they take off with their collegiate plans, do a walk-through and show them the ins and outs of the vehicle (including what's under the hood). Furthermore, explain all the possible warning lights that could appear on the dashboard and the importance of bringing the car into an auto repair shop if one lights up.
Tip #4: Always Lock Doors
Your car door locks are there for a reason—for your safety and security! Have your child keep an extra set of spare keys so they still have access to the vehicle in the event of misplaced keys.
Tip #5: Never Drink and Drive
This topic should be easy since it's a no-brainer. If your child is participating in alcoholic consumption of any kind – don't drive. Phone a friend or call an uber so that you can get to your destination safely.
Tip #6: Car Maintenance is Vital!
Maintenance should be the #1 topic to discuss with your college student. Just because the car is out of sight, it doesn't mean that it should be out of mind. It's vital to protect the investment made in the vehicle. Having it serviced will help to avoid an unwanted breakdown and preserve the car's longevity.
Sending your precious kid (with their car) off to college is a daunting task, but we hope that some of these tips will give some peace of mind. If your son or daughter needs a pre-trip inspection before their big move-in date, please do not hesitate to give Phil's Pro Auto Service a visit!