For millions of young people, moving to university is a rite of passage. It can signal the start of adult life and mark the end of dependence on parents. For both sides, it can be an exciting, and unnerving, time. Of course, as parents, your number one concern is that your son or daughter stays free of personal injury and enjoys a fulfilling, educational and happy time at university.
How can I help my child avoid road traffic accidents and other personal injuries when they move to university?
There is an inevitable worry that young people surrounded by friends may take risks on the road. There is an element of trust that your child will choose the sensible option to avoid accidents on the road and you can help by having full and frank discussions about the dangers and maybe even offering financial assistance to ensure they are driving a safe car. Much of the time, driving at university is unnecessary. This is particularly true during the first year when most students live in halls of residence on campus. Therefore, your son or daughter might not even need a car but, if they do, make sure they are using it safely.
What other skills help avoid accidents and personal injuries at university?
One of the major changes for many students when they arrive at university is the fact that they are now responsible for ensuring they get three good meals a day. Knowing your way around a kitchen can help with both diet and safety. Accidents with malfunctioning products can happen all too easily and are often unavoidable but knowing the ins and outs of ovens and gas stoves can help minimise the risks.
Another key element of adjusting to university life is learning how to budget. With the expenses of higher education well documented, it is more important than ever that your child knows how to get value for money.
A poor diet can cause all manner of health problems whilst food from dodgy takeaways can also result in nasty illnesses.
Wherever you are, its important to remember that you may be due injury compensation if you are hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault. One quick call to our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can set your personal injury claim in motion. The freephone advice line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown