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School is just around the corner for many high school and college students! This Acom guide will help you prepare your vehicle for daily school use and know the most efficient ways of using your car for trips to, in, and from school, and for after-school gimmicks.
- Have your vehicle undergo a general inspection by your go-to mechanic. Check your tires if they are in good shape for daily use. Make sure your fluid levels are optimum. Check if your engine is running well, and if your fuel consumption is normal. See if your air-conditioning is cold and free from refrigerant leaks. This is the best way to welcome the academic year and to make sure it runs smoothly.
- Make sure your vehicle is registered for the year with the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Schools often ask if your car has been registered when you apply for a car sticker.
- Organize all the documents and information needed to apply for your school’s car sticker. With the increasing number of vehicles owned by students, school administration is doubling down on the volume of cars entering their premises. Application fees are rising and some schools even impose limits on how many cars can be registered per student.
- Know the best places to park in your school. Some buildings have a higher volume of cars in their parking area than other buildings. Some buildings have more faculty-reserved parking spots than others. In this case, know how to balance your time between parking and walking to your building. It is sometimes best to park in the college next door and have a short walk to your class than to waste time, gas, and energy looking for non-existent parking outside your building.
- Know the best times to park in your school. Some schools simply cannot accommodate all the vehicles in need of parking spaces forcing some students to even park outside the school. While it is a good practice to come earlier in order to find parking space, this is not always the case. If you know the building you plan to park at has a class before your class and that many students occupy the parking area, plan to arrive when the students from the previous class are leaving. Note that this is practical only if your professor allows a grace time at the start of class.
- Minimize your driving time on campus, especially in larger universities. Instead of driving from one college to another several times in a day and wasting precious gas, it’s sometimes cheaper to park in one place and commute around school.
- Plan your “coding” days. Know the public commute routes and fees according to your schedule. Better yet, try to arrange carpooling with a schoolmate. This will guarantee your safety more than with our public transportation. Set a budget for availing the services of ride-sharing apps.
- If your fuel budget is inadequate for your daily school schedule, know how to balance your personal driving days with your commuting days. For days when you have to bring a lot of stuff to school or when you know you will be out late into the night, it’s best to bring your car. Otherwise, commuting or carpooling is a budget-friendlier option.
We at Acom hope that these insights on driving during the academic year will help you get the most out of your daily trips for school. If you have any more comments and suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comment section below. Thank you, and God bless you!
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Author: Joshua Rafael Jimenez
Josh Jimenez is a Broadcast Communication student and lover of sweet, simple things. He is a European automobil enthusiast whose dream car is a BMW M3. Josh also loves to play the guitar and is a follower of Anthony Bourdain’s macro-level perspective on food. Ad majorem Dei gloriam!