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I can hardly believe it, but soon it will be time for my son to go back to College. I was mentioning this to him the other day and I think he is in a bit of denial because he just said “oh Mom it’s not for another month!” I guess he’s right but I kind of like to mentally prepare and make sure that we are ready to roll the day we have to say goodbye! Here’s the Best Car Prep for College Student w/ Emergency Checklist we created to help keep our son safe on the road!
One thing that will be different this year is that he will be taking his car! It was the saddest thing, last year he worked all summer long to buy a new car…well for the money he had he couldn’t get something super deluxe. His heart was so set on getting a car for his independence and being able to drive home from college when he wanted. We cautioned him to maybe save a little longer and that we would come and get him when he wanted to come home, but no he wanted a car.
It turned out that the car he got had a few problems and so it actually ended up sitting at our house for his Freshman year rather than going back and forth over the mountain pass. I can tell, that by the time the end of his first year of college was over, I had wished he HAD his car! Round trip it’s about 6 hours and because he has such a great network of friends here at home…you can guess…he wanted to come home A LOT!
My son got right back to work practically the minute he came home from college and earned enough to get it fixed up. I’m excited to say that this year he will be ready to roll with his car! YAY!
This is the Best Car Prep for a College Student w/ Emergency Checklist and if we can help other parents…we want to!
Lets just say that after sitting for a whole school year…it needed some serious polishing up though…
So my son polishes, shines and details his car with Armor All® Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer and Armor All® Outlast Protectant to make a good impression, as he should! Boy oh boy did these products make a super difference in the details of his car!
As much as we love that our sons car looks nice, his Father and I are going to make sure that his car is also well equipped for emergencies AND in good running shape for travelling back and forth over the mountain pass!
We are creating an emergency road travel kit and have a check list for what to do “just in case”.
Most college students have not been in any kind of emergency on the highway and they can easily panic if they don’t feel equipped with the tools, information and confidence to weather the storm while waiting for help to come.
Then of course there is all of the standard equipment that ALL cars should have:
- Tire Iron
- Spare Tire
- Ice Scraper
- Spare Change ~ just in case!
Now that the car is equipped with tools and instructions on how to use some of them, the last thing that I think is the most important, is a checklist of WHAT and HOW to handle an emergency situation.
By the time kids are college age they should have common sense and know how to handle many different kinds of situations BUT it’s totally different when you are out in the middle of nowhere and the car breaks down or you have a flat tire and you’ve never actually changed one.
Below is a printable check list for really any one in a tight spot in the middle of nowhere:
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Thank you to Armor All® for making the outside and inside of our sons car look amazing while we took care of some of the not as fun details and went over them with him!
You can get an Armor All® $2.50 off coupon any of these 4 products: Armor All® Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer, Armor All® Outlast Tire Glaze, Armor All® Outlast Leather Restorer, and/or Armor All® Outlast Protectant. While supplies last AND it’s marked at a super price at Walmart, which is where I got them!
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