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Here’s How To Help Your College Student Navigate Back To School

It’s September, which means that lots of students are heading to school--including your intrepid young college students! Between the joys of acceptance letters, the crushing defeats of the “thanks, but no thanks” letters, buying new sheets, helping your student negotiate roommate situations, crying at odd moments in Target, and all the other joys that sending your kid off to college brings, have you taken a look at their vehicle?

First things are first: Students often drive older cars that might require more maintenance. Even if they have something that you deem trustworthy, do bring your car to a trusted auto mechanic to make sure that all the major systems are in good working order: transmission, suspension, and fresh tires, if necessary. Also, make sure the fluids are topped up: brakes, coolant, transmission, and oil.

What about insurance? Don’t assume that your student will be ok with minimal, or no insurance: they need to be fully covered! Check with your current insurance company for rates for college students. Keep in mind that younger drivers tend to cost more, so be sure to factor that into your monthly budget. 

Let’s face it: if your student is off to college, they may have chances to drink at parties. No problem--just make sure your student knows never, ever to drink and drive. Make sure that your student feels empowered to find safe alternatives, like using Uber or Lyft, or choosing a designated driver. 

Safety is first! Bring your student’s car to us at D & K Automotive, and we will see to it that your student’s car is in top working condition! Whether it’s a simple oil change, a transmission flush, or anything else, we can help. Schedule your appointment today, and check off one item from that going to college list--leaving you free to soak up and enjoy.  

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