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College-bound Care Care

Take away these four helpful tips to get your student's vehicle
ready for the school year.

College is an exciting time for teens as they learn how to live more independently away from home. This independence often includes having a vehicle at school. Parents can help their teen take a car to school by discussing a plan for proper vehicle maintenance, as well as how to deal with unexpected problems.


Help your college student excel in maintaining his vehicle at school. ©highwaystarz/

Check and Maintain Tires

Tires are one of the easiest components of a vehicle to maintain, but they are frequently overlooked until something goes wrong. Every student should have a tire pressure gauge in the vehicle, know where it is located, and understand how to use it properly. Tire pressures should be checked at least once a month when the tires are cold.

Vehicle's Maintenance Schedule

Try to bring your student's car up-to-date with all maintenance items prior to sending your teen off to college, and determine if any future required services will come due while they are away. AAA recommends that parents and teens review the owner's manual and maintenance schedule together, then create a shared calendar with reminders so both are aware of any upcoming required maintenance or services.

Nearby Repair Facility

It is important for parents to help teens identify an auto repair shop they can trust near their school in case routine servicing or unexpected repairs become necessary. If unfamiliar with the area around a college, AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities are listed online (see below).

Prepare for Emergencies

Make sure the teen's vehicle has a well-stocked roadside emergency kit with contents suitable for local weather conditions during the school year. For added peace of mind, provide teens with membership to AAA. Remember, AAA's many benefits are available to members no matter whose vehicle they are in, so parents won't have to worry about their teen being stranded in a friend's vehicle without access to emergency road service.

Watching your teen leave for college can be made a little less stressful when both parent and child have resources for the road ahead.

Information on all things automotive –– including AAA Approved Auto Repair listings, car buying services, car reviews, and more ––can be found online at

September/October 2016 Issue

October is Car Care Month. AAA members can get a car care service package for less than $35.

For details or to find a service facility near you, visit

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