Parents Guide to Teenager Driving Safety At College Or University


Should your son or daughter have an accident it is important your loved ones know the correct procedures.

Know your insurance providers name, telephone number and how to make a claim. Most insurance offices now offer an online facility for claims.

Student in car

If involved in a accident your son or daughter must note down a detailed description of what happened, collecting as much information – photographs and notes – as you can while at the scene.

Exchange details

All drivers involved should swap names, addresses, telephone numbers, vehicle registration numbers and insurance company details and policy numbers. This will all help with any claims process.

Get witness details

Take down the names, addresses and vehicle registrations of any witnesses who saw the incident.


Date, time, location, weather conditions, traffic conditions, road markings/signs/signals.


Make, model, registration number, colour, condition, estimated speed, direction, use of lights/indicators, number of passengers.


Contact details, description/distinguishing features of driver(s), contact details of passengers, pedestrians/other witnesses, details of any police officers involved.


Description of the damage to vehicles/property and any injuries to people involved.

You should report the accident to your insurance company within a reasonable time, even if you do not want to claim yourself. If you don’t you could invalidate your cover.

Being A Taxi For Your Friends

Without doubt having your own vehicle at college or university can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that you can make a trip to the nearest supermarket or fast food outlet on a whim, the downside is that you receive endless requests from new found friends to take them to those same fine establishments.

Young drivers need to be smart and not get distracted, and be sure all of your passengers are wearing their seat-belts. When going somewhere unknown, check out the directions on your sat nav or Google Maps first. The last thing you want to do is get lost with a stranger or near stranger in your vehicle. Additionally, do not lend your vehicle to others. Some insurance companies won’t cover your vehicle in the event of an accident if driven by someone unauthorized.

Vehicle Maintenance

Maintenance is a must topic to discuss, your vehicle is an important investment which needs to be protected. Keeping your vehicle serviced and maintained will help to avoid an unwanted breakdown and extend your vehicles life. Explain all possible warning lights that could appear on the dashboard, and the importance of taking the vehicle into a specialist garage such as A1 Clutches if one lights up. Review the owner’s manual.

Frequent Inspections

Most college or universities have parking areas. A lot can happen in these car parks. Advise your son or daughter to make it a point to check their vehicle every other day or so, start it up, keep the battery life healthy and protect it from vandalism. Vandals and thieves love vehicles that appear to be neglected.

Know Where To Find Important Information

By now, your son or daughter should know his/her car has a owners manual. But do they know that the tyre size, tyre pressure settings, and other key information is on the inside driver side door panel and most likely on the inside of the fuel cap door on their vehicle Before they take off to college or university do a walk-through and show them the ins and outs of their vehicle.


As a rule of thumb for drivers just like when you are at home, keep all valuables out of sight in your vehicle. You don’t want a thief to break a window and steal your possessions. Lock valuables safely in the boot or better still take them to your dormitory or apartment.

Always Lock The Doors

Always lock your vehicle doors. The locks are there for a reason—for your protection! Have your son or daughter keep an extra set of keys with them, so in the event of misplaced keys they still have access to their vehicle. A lot of cars today have fobs. It is difficult to replace these without the key-code, so it’s a good idea for parents to safely keep an extra fob for emergencies.

Drinking And Driving

This should be a no-brainer. Engrain into your son or daughter that if participating in alcoholic consumption of any kind – don’t drive. Call a taxi or a friend who hasn’t been drinking. Walk home or as a very last resort, give the keys to a non-drinking designated driver.


Be sure your son or daughter makes it a regular habit to check their car’s fuel. Knowing how much fuel is in the tank will go a long way in keeping them safe and sound.

Sending your precious family member off to college or university is a daunting task. Equip them with the understanding it takes to be responsible for their vehicle, so they can one day pass the knowledge on to their own precious family members.