Friday, August 1, 2014

Before You Send Your Child and Their Car Off to College, Think Safety

Packing up your first-year college students car and sending them off is already stressful enough, you don’t want to have to worry whether or not they’ll arrive at their destination safely. Have no fear! Here is a checklist of items to double-check to make sure your college student and their car are ready for the trip.

  • Check the fluids
    • Oil
    • Coolant
    • Washer fluid
  • Check the battery
    • Have a professional test the battery to make sure it’s in tip-top shape, especially if it’s more than 2-years old
  • Check the lights
    • Headlights
    • Tail lights
    • Brake lights
    • Turn signals
  • Know the proper tire pressure
    • The sticker on the door jamb will have the correct tire pressure. Check the tires when they are cold to ensure the most accurate reading
  • The penny test
    • Inspect your tire tread with a penny to make sure they’re not too worn. If Abe’s head isn’t covered by the tread, it’s most likely time to get a new tire.
  • Store useful items
    • A tire gauge
    • Emergency phone list
    • Back-up cell phone charger
  • Don’t forget the other essentials
    • Jumper cables
    • Spare tire (make sure it’s inflated properly)
    • Basic safety kit

Finally, keep the weather in mind. Your child will be leaving in the summer and returning in the winter. Make sure that their car is prepared for the season change, and pack a winter kit!

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