Cars. Many of us spend a great deal of our time in them. Our teenagers can’t wait until they can get their license and gain some independence. Some surveys tell us that as many as 70% of college-age students own or have access to cars. Cars have certainly become a part of the fabric of our lives. But should they be part of the fabric of your college student’s life? The answer is – it depends.
You and your student should think carefully about whether it is important for your student to have a car on campus. Of course, it is possible that this may not be a decision that you will have to make during the first year. More and more colleges are prohibiting first-year students from bringing cars to school. Obviously, if your student is commuting to college then whether or not to have a car may not be an issue. But many college families will need to give thought to the issue of whether or not to take a car to campus.
There are several reasons why many schools are telling their first-year students to leave their cars at home.