​​Driving Tips for College Commuters

Most college students nowadays reside off-campus for the benefits of freedom and more space. However, one of the cons of doing so is having to commute to school. And for those that are attending a community college, you may have no other option than to drive to school.  

More than 80% of college students drive to school, making the traffic substantially crowded on weekdays. Moreover, parking may be more difficult to find than usual. 

As a college student, you probably have enough stress on your hands. Here are some words of wisdom to ensure your college commute is as stress-free and seamless as possible:

  • Leave for school early. Traffic is widespread at the start of the semester as people are trying to adjust to their schedules. We recommend leaving a lot earlier to prevent you from having to speed to get to class on time.
  • Plan out your parking situation beforehand. You may have headaches finding a good parking spot for the first several weeks of classes. You may need to purchase a parking permit ahead, so make sure you gather your time and research to have it on hand at the start of the school year. Larger universities tend to have multiple buildings and parking lots, so be sure to park in the closest areas to your class building.
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians and bikers. Many students and professors will be walking on foot around campus. For everyone's safety, pay close attention to crosswalks and bike lanes. 
  • Practice safe driving etiquette. Without a doubt, you should always obey traffic laws and avoid speeding when driving to school. More importantly, do not ever text and drive. We recommend keeping your phone silenced or on "do not disturb" when getting behind the wheel.
  • Get a vehicle inspection for optimum safety. We highly advise that you have your vehicle checked out for any issues. It's better to be safe than sorry.

We hope these tips will be helpful for you this semester! If your vehicle is due for an inspection or maintenance service, please visit our team at Haglin Automotive.

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