College students returning to school have a long list of things that need to be taken care of before classes get into full swing, from school supplies to furniture, students need to be prepared. The often overlooked necessity upon returning to school is making sure your car is up to date on service and is ready for the road, whether it's moving your stuff to college or carpooling to classes.
"Making sure the college-bound vehicle gets a passing grade will give both the student and their parents peace of mind for the drive back to school," said Rich White, Car Care Council executive director. "It's always a good idea to inspect a vehicle and have any repairs done near home, at a familiar repair shop".
Local and family auto shops provide the same services when compared to dealerships but offer them at a lower price. College students are encouraged to get their hoses and belts checked, along with air filters, wipers, exterior and interior lighting, brakes and all of their fluids including oil, power steering, transmission, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
In addition, students should also have a tune up, which includes inspections of their battery, engine, fuel and ignition. It is easier to get these check ups at home before returning to the daily grind of college life.
"The national and urban motor vehicle crash death rates for 15-24 year-olds are much higher than the rates for people of all ages," states the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. "This is consistent with the fact that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-24 year-olds. Yet there are effective ways to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes among teens and young adults."
Although many parents can't be as involved in their child's life while they are at college, there is still things they can do to ensure their safety, and it starts with making sure a vehicle is update with inspection.
In addition, 60 percent of fatal car accidents involving teens were associated with not wearing a seatbelt, ABC News reported. Distractions while driving, like talking or texting on the phone, are also significant factors that lead to accidents, especially among younger drivers.
College students significantly reduce their risk of dying in a car accident if they have their car checked, avoid distractions while driving and buckle up.