Getting Your College-Aged Child Off to School

by SKHC Editor on August 24, 2009

It’s that time of year – back to school. You’ve got all the basics for your new college student for when they get there but don’t forget the main part – driving there. If your college-aged child is hitting the long road to school here’s a safety checklist from the American Red Cross that is a must follow whether you’re behind the wheel or waving goodbye.

Prepare for the trip:

  • First and foremost, check the basic safety of your car. Are the lights and turn signals working, turn them off and on to confirm. Make sure your tires are properly pressurized and that there is no fluid leaks or a string of cans or tailpipe dragging from behind.
  • After making sure your car is ready to go the distance pack up all those must haves but do not obstruct your view – double check you can easily see out the windows and mirrors before starting the car.
  • Get yourself an emergency supplies kit for your car. You should have this anyway but if you don’t now’s the time to catch up. You need a first aid kit that includes a manual, blanket, flares, flashlight and batteries, jumper cables and for extra credit hand sanitizer (you don’t know who touched the gas handle before you.)
  • Last but not least, get your beauty sleep.

Hitting the holiday road:

  • Leave early – you’ll be thankful for this extra time when you’re traveling at a comfortable pace and not feeling stressed out because you’re behind schedule.
  • Should you feel tired or restless pull over at a rest stop or gas station and take a break. Walk around, get a Gatorade and refresh yourself. If you need to check in with anyone now would be a good time.
  • Do not talk or text on your cell phone while driving. Not only is this distracting it’s dangerous. If you absolutely must use your cell phone pull over (and if it’s dark, pick at well-lit area).
  • Depending on where you live there’s always a chance of rain- or snowstorms. Needless to say, slow down and don’t make any sudden moves. Apply the brakes slowly and steady to help keep your vehicle under control.
  • Buckle up, it’s the law.


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Keep teens safe from drug & alcohol abuse November 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

One of the things I like to share with parents of kids who are leaving for college is to take the time to have a quick talk with your kids before they leave (or you drop them off). New college students will no doubt be experiencing lots of new things, but you don’t want drugs or excessive alcohol to be among them.

As you and your young adult prepare for college, don’t forget to talk about the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol while they’re away from home. Don’t do so in an embarrassing way, but do talk to them. Remind them of the dangers that drug and alcohol abuse can bring, and encourage them to take part in school-sponsored extra-curricular activities or healthy hobbies that will keep them from feeling bored, lonely or home sick. And most importantly, remind them that you’re there if they ever need to talk or need advice. Just because they’re away from home doesn’t mean they’ll be without support!

We all want the best for our first-time college students, so as you dish out the safety tips and help them prepare, remember to do your part to keep them safe from drug and alcohol abuse!

– Dennis Hansen

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