Many students who attend BYU-Idaho live out of state and are approaching the end of the semester.
For many of those students, this means a long drive back home.
Whether it’s your first or fifth trip out of state, this advice is applicable to all for safe travel to wherever your destination may be.
“Have a first aid kit and a blanket for emergencies,” said Alyse Huskinson, a BYU-I alumna. “Know how to change a spare tire.”
Jillian Murillo, a BYU-I alumna, suggests packing lots of snacks for the drive and dressing in comfortable clothing.
Zachery Brasier, a junior studying physics, suggests keeping motion sickness medication on hand for those who may suffer from car sickness.
“Stock up on energy drinks,” said Benjamin Juchau, a sophomore studying sociology. “I also check the oil and radiator and coolant fluids.”
For students who have the responsibility of driving home, Pete Howland, an auto consultant, from Laguna Beach, California has been in the car industry for over 30 years and gives additional tips on keeping your car in the safest condition possible while traveling.
Howland suggested getting an oil change first before driving.
He said that by doing so, the car will undergo a multi-point inspection.
Howland said he suggests checking your tire pressure.
“Make sure to check your spare tire as well,” Howland said. “A lot of times, this tire only gets checked when you’ve got a flat.”
Making sure your spare tire is safe will ensure it is reliable should you need to use it, he said.
Howland said your car will get better mileage when the tires are set properly.
He suggests walking around your car and checking headlights, wipers and brake lights.
Howland said to adjust your mirrors for full visibility on your drive.
“Clean your windows,” Howland said. “The inside can get foggy or misty and can affect the driver’s vision.”
Howland said students should act now instead of putting off a repair until they arrive at home in order to avoid unnecessary risks or damages.
“That’s understandable to want to wait to take your car to the family mechanic, but some repairs should be completed before you drive hundreds of miles back home,” he said.
He said here are precautions students can be taking daily to make sure their car is safe.
“Once a month, get fluid levels checked,” Howland said.
He said the fluid levels that need to be checked includes brakes, transmission, power steering and washer fluid.
He said students should get used to what their car looks and feels like, so a problem can be noticed and taken care of quickly.
Howland also stresses using safe driving techniques.
“Watch your speed,” Howland said. “Be observant.”