Before your child takes a car to college, check out this checklist.


Discuss the practicality of taking a car to college. Discuss routine maintenance. Tire pressure, oil, fluids and windshield washer fluid need to be checked and replenished. Cars also need to be routinely started. Make a copy of the registration, date of inspection and insurance cards to keep at home. Have the car serviced before any long trips and before taking it to school. Consider enrolling your child into a national road service plan. Stock the car with a car emergency kit (see below). Make a second set of car keys and send with your child to be stored in a secure place. Check with your auto insurance policy. Since the car will be in a new location for at least eight months, this might make a difference in your premiums. It is important the insurance company be notified that the car will be kept at another location should anything happen. Locate a mechanic or service station before you need them. If possible, find a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence mechanic.

Car emergency kit

Basic tool kit (adjustable wrench, pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches) car jack cellular phone charger disposable camera (to take photos when involved in a fender-bender) emergency flares, warning triangle, or cones fire extinguisher first aid kit flashlight insurance and emergency phone numbers jumper cables paper towels pressurized can of tire inflator and sealer and sealer for emergency filling of a flat tire windshield washer fluid
For winter months
ice scraper and snowbrush cat litter is great for traction when stuck in snow/mud mini shovel