As your child moves out for college, what are the basic things he should bring? A toaster, microwave, small fridge, or maybe even some beddings are essential. However, the one thing he should not bring is your car. Even if he has been driving unaccompanied for more than a year by this time, it is wise to leave the wheels at home. Caring for a car away from home is a big responsibility that your child may not be ready for. Besides, he will already be pre-occupied with all that schoolwork.
Here are the top reasons for your teenaged child to leave the car at home.
1. Better safe than sorry
Safety should be one of your priorities for your child when they move away. Based on statistics, teenagers are involved in more car accidents compared to older people. This intensifies as they are unfamiliar with their new environment. Thy are not used to the new roads, different places, and hazards in this location. Colleges and universities also have higher densities of bikers and pedestrians. These are all factors which increase the risk.
2. Peer pressure
One thing college campuses have more than students is probably alcohol. There will be parties, and there will be drinking. Your child may be tempted to drink and drive in this situation. Even if he has always been responsible, it only takes one momentary lapse to ruin everything.
There will be times your child's classmates will ask for rides. If your child is careful with your car, his friends might not. Your child will be pressured into many situations like this, it would help if you can remove this factor.
3. Save money
You may think it is convenient for your child to bring the car. But if you factor in the cost of parking, gasoline, and maintenance, it will cost you. Most universities charge a premium for parking space, as it has limited space for cars. Your child will need to take care of car maintenance while your car is away. Not having your usual mechanic work on your car may cost you more.
Some car insurance companies also offer savings for family members who are away. The “student away for school” discount is usually applicable for students at least 100 miles away. Also, they only have access to the car during visits home.
You can still help with your child's safety even when he or she is away. It also helps to have the appropriate insurance policy that best fits your situation. At Robert Nichols Insurance Group, we put our clients first by offering them policies that they can afford. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (561) 406-6153. You can also request for a free quote by CLICKING HERE.
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