Do You Have a Car (and a Kid) Heading to College?

Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in a family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer a little peace-of-mind for everyone.

Get a sendoff vehicle inspection:
College is a busy time for students and it is likely that car care at college will not be top of mind. Be sure to schedule a thorough vehicle inspection before packing up the car so you can rest easy knowing your child is driving a road-ready vehicle.

Make an emergency plan:
Discuss a plan with your child in case they experience a roadside emergency. Be sure they know who to contact for roadside assistance and stock the car with an emergency kit, including jumper cables, emergency flares, a flashlight with batteries, blankets and extra clothes, water and non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, a portable USB charger and a fully charged cell phone. To be prepared for inclement weather, include an ice scraper, a snow brush and small shovel.

Hit the books:
Encourage your child to learn about auto care by reviewing the owner's manual. It has lots of helpful information and guidelines for when certain maintenance services are required to keep your vehicle in the best shape.

Also let your student know that we are just a phone call away at (717) 637-1121. If you need to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle serviced, please click here.

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