College car smart
- 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
- 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