College car smart

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
  • 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.
  • 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