What every college-age driver should carry in the car

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Before you send your son or daughter off to college, of course you want to get the car checked. But there are also a number of things that every college-aged driver should carry in the car.

Bogi Latainer from 180 Degrees Automotive has a list of must-haves, and it doesn't apply to just college kids, but all drivers.

If you have a flat tire, you want to make sure you have a way to alert people if you're stuck on the side of the road. So safety triangles or safety flares are a good option. "Some people are more comfortable with the triangles because they're not messing with fire that way," says Latainer.

Have a flashlight on board, and also some bungee cords. Plus, pack a  pair of gloves, in case you have to do any kind of work on the side of the road.

And don't forget a blanket. "We have a blanket here that will serve two functions," says Latainer. "One if you do have a flat tire, you can lay it down on the ground, so that you're not sitting in the dirt or in the gravel if you're in nice clothes. Also, if you're stuck out in the middle of the desert in the cold of the night, you want a blanket to keep you warm."

Also, keep a spare set of sneakers in your car. "This is especially for the girls," says Latainer. "If you're wearing a set of high heels, while you've got a flat tire, this will enable you to change your flat tire a little more comfortably."

A first aid kit is a good idea, as well as jumper cables. "It's worth investing in a good pair of jumper cables," says Latainer. "There's a lot of different types, and they way you can tell is how thick this wire is. The thicker the cable, the better it is able to get the electricity through to jumpstart a battery. So invest in a good set, keep them in the trunk of the car and teach your kid how to use them."

Check your fluids before any trip, and teach your young drivers to do the same.

"I think it's a good thing to teach your kids how to check your fluids and how to top off your fluids," Latainer suggests. "Preventative maintenance is always going to be cheaper than repairs. And have the right fluids in their car in their trunk, so they don't have to guess at what fluids they need for their vehicle."

Latainer also suggests some kind of towing service set up for your son or daughter, like AAA or through your insurance company. And make sure the number is in the car or programmed into their phone.