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Red Cross Provides College Bound Back to School Tips

Central Illinois Red Cross, College Bound Back to School Tips
New students should familiarize themselves with the campus.

Students heading off to college—perhaps for the first time this year—may be inexperienced at driving long distances or driving alone. When preparing college-aged children for a long drive to school, make sure they take the following precautions.

Preparing for the Trip:

  • Before packing the car, do a simple safety check. Check lights, turn signals, tire pressure and fluid levels.
  • Make sure you pack carefully so there is nothing blocking your view through the rear window.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle and keep there at all times. Include a first aid kit as well as items like a blanket, flares, a flashlight, batteries and jumper cables.
  • Hitting the Road
  • Leave early and give yourself enough time to travel at a comfortable pace.
  • If you find yourself getting tired, pull over to a gas station to walk around and refresh yourself.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone while driving. If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot and place your call there or at least use a hands-free earpiece. NEVER text and drive.
  • When driving in inclement weather reduce your speed. Don’t make sudden moves if the roads are wet. Applying the brakes slowly and steadily will help you keep better control of your vehicle.
  • Remember to always wear your safety belt and require any passengers who ride with you to do the same.
  • The beginning of the school year also means that many students will be moving into new dorms or off-campus apartments. Use the following tips to make moving and returning to school a seamlessly safe process.

    Moving to College Tips:

  • If you are hiring a moving company, first research the company to ensure that they are reputable.
  • Keep an emergency kit on hand during your move. Also buy a kit to keep in your home.
  • When moving you will have to make multiple trips to and from your car or moving vehicle. Lock all vehicles that are unattended.
  • Inspect your new home for carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Be sure to test each alarm to ensure that they work properly.
  • Learn the emergency evacuation plan and routes for your new home.
  • Back to Campus Tips
  • Get acquainted with your new roommates and exchange numbers with them. Also let them know who your emergency contacts are.
  • Share your class schedule with your family and friends so that they can locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Consider getting a spare key. Immediately report all lost keys to your landlord or resident advisor.
  • New students should familiarize themselves with the campus. Learn where emergency stations are located and save all emergency contact numbers.