Carefree Car Ownership
Items for college students to keep in their cars - part II
Having a vehicle while in college is a major responsibility for students who are just beginning to enjoy the freedom and opportunities living away from mom and dad provide. Whether you’re traveling around campus or heading home for the holidays, there are many unexpected circumstances that can arise, leaving you alone to handle them. Here are some more car travel tips on necessary items college students should keep in their cars.
If you have a car at school, you likely use it to travel home during school breaks and holidays. While you may use your debit card for many purchases, keeping some emergency cash - $40 or $50 - in your car can be a lifesaver if you should break down in a rural or isolated area and need assistance.
While many people rely on GPS or smart phone applications to help navigate unknown stretches of road, many parts of the country still have spotty satellite service. During an emergency, you may not have the electrical capability of operating these devices either. Make sure you keep some regional maps in your car just in case.
Your car’s battery can die for a variety of reasons, such as poor car maintenance, excessive electrical use or harsh weather conditions, leaving you stranded on the road. Make sure to keep a pair of jumper cables for a quick boost in order to get you to the nearest auto repair shop.