It is a sad experience when the kids fly the nest and decide to head off to university. Accident Advice Helpline understands the worries and concerns of parents whose child has gone to university. That’s why we publish these handy guides to help put your mind at ease. In this article, we give some helpful tips for parents whose son or daughter is packing their car for that return trip.
Don’t overload the car
This is probably the most important piece of advice. Students usually have a lot of personal items and furniture that must be transported. A lot of students live quite far from their respective universities and may wish to avoid a second trip and so overload their car. This can seriously reduce observation and affect the handling of the car and increases the chances of a road traffic accident.
Make use of a courier
It could be a good idea to utilise the services of a courier in order to transport bulky items that may be heavy or difficult to fit into the car. Courier services have become inexpensive in recent years. Shop around and find a good deal as many couriers offer student discounts to help with the move.
Make sure everything is clearly labelled and packaged
Good organisation is key to the execution of any plan. Make sure that all items are packaged correctly using bubble wrap and placed in labelled boxes. Labelling boxes can greatly reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to unpack.
Buy a sat nav
Although most modern cars come equipped with a sat nav, it is fair to say that relatively few students are in the financial position to afford a new car. It may be a worthwhile idea to invest in a sat nav for your son or daughter. A sat nav greatly reduces the chances of getting lost along the way. Many sat navs also come with traffic warnings and information on speed limits and can help to reduce the chances of your son or daughter being involved in a car accident.
Perform an inspection of the car
It is a good idea to perform an inspection of your child`s car before they return to university. Check oil levels, tyre tread and water levels. If you are not mechanically minded, bring the car to your local garage who will do this for you. A defective vehicle can be dangerous and could increase the chances of being involved in a car crash.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice