5 Important Tips To Teach Your Child Before They Leave For College

Having already sent one child off to school I know all too well the mixed emotions parents feel during this transition. Now we have another ready for post secondary education and it is still a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. But we need to be strong for our kids and give them the guidance and love they need to succeed.

As you and your child send off their applications and make the preparations for the Fall, make sure they are prepared for everything. Often it is a shock for young students being away from home and on their own for the first time. If they are living away from home, they will not have you to help remind them of these basic driving tips.

Below are some great tips to go over with your kids before they leave for college. These tips are actually great for anyone on their own driving.

1.  HELP THEM FIND A MECHANIC NEAR THE COLLEGE
You’ll need to find a trustworthy and safe local mechanic, but walking into the first shop that you find on Google in a new city is like rolling the dice. Teach them to do their homework by searching for a shop with certified technicians who will make sure your ‘baby’ is in safe hands.

2.  TEACH THEM THE ‘MAGIC NUMBER’
Teach them to research average repair prices before they have to visit any shop for repairs and tell them to beware of any prices much higher or lower than the average (which may signal low quality parts or potential overbilling).

3.  KEEP THEIR CAR FULLY STOCKED
Make sure your kid’s car is fully equipped with the following safety materials:

-An inflated spare tire
-A tire iron
-The car manual
-A spare key
-Materials for cold weather driving, like blankets, gloves, and tire chains (if necessary)

4.  TEACH THEM ABOUT WARRANTIES
Because a poorly-executed repair could put them back in the shop just weeks later, they should always choose a shop that offers an excellent warranty in case anything goes wrong.

5.  REMIND THEM OF THE GAS LAW
Their gas gauge should never go below a quarter tank – it shortens the life of the fuel pump and they’ll be in for costly repairs down the road. Teach them the importance of caring for their gas tank, particularly if they’re traveling in bad weather or on a long road trip.

In no time they will have a routine down and this will all be part of their check-list. But until then, a reminder does not hurt.

Do you have any tips to add?

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Comments

  1. http://mommakoala says

    Good tips, but I would add knowing how to change the spare tire and know how to check fluid levels. Basic mechanics is good to know.

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