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Benjamin Caldarelli -- Tips for High School Students
Benjamin Caldarelli, who had tips for high school kids hoping to get into college, is from Benjamin College Consulting, 212-392-4708,

Author Debra Beck
Author Debra Beck talked about helping girls transition from high school to college. Her new book is "My Feet Aren't Ugly: A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out." She's from Empowered Teens and Parents at 928-300-0447.

Car Tips for Students
Michelle Donati is from AAA of Arizona. Her tips for helping kids going to college with common car problems include:
Ensure your teen understands how to check tire pressure, identify and air tires to their proper levels, how to examine tread depth and other abnormalities.

Review the owner's manual and show teen the recommended maintenance schedule.

Explain preventative maintenance and review the owner's manual to ensure they understand and know to track the maintenance schedule on their car.

Find an auto repair shop near your teen's college that you can trust by seeking a AAA Owned or Approved Auto Repair facility. Visit the shop and introduce your teen to the owner/management.

Preparing for Roadside Emergencies:

It is important for teens to be prepared in the event of a breakdown or other roadside emergency, especially if they are traveling far from home for college.

Instead of calling mom or dad, co-eds can call on AAA for help. Make sure your student has a AAA membership or is an associate on mom/dad's membership.

Unlike other services, AAA's roadside assistance follows the member, not the vehicle, members do not have to pay for services up and receive reimbursement later.

AAA also offers automotive and insurance services, and discounts. AAA's Discount program helps members save an average of more than $100 per year, which can help students on a tight college budget.