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Get Your College Student's Car Safeguarded

Students everywhere are gearing up for the start of the Fall term: practicing their keg stand, buying a new plastic garbage can (a.k.a. this year’s “punch” bowl) and stocking the digital video camera full of fresh batteries. Somewhere in between, there may actually be a class registration and the purchase of a book or two. But, car safety is something that often gets overlooked. So if your son or daughter is headed into the world of higher education, make sure you get them geared up before they hit the road with a few of the following accessories.

Radar Detectors

Believe it or not, most campuses have their own police force who monitor for speeding and other infractions. But, with escort radar detectors, you have some early warning. Because which would you rather absorb: the cost of an early warning device or the hefty fines that accompany traffic violations? Here in the U.S., radar guns operate on three bands: X, K and Ka. So, the best bet is to invest in a radar detector that monitors all bands, including laser. In addition, modern radar guns can target your vehicle from the front, back or side, which is why many radar detectors are now equipped with 360° detection, alerting the driver to radar and laser signals emitted from any direction.


College and driving go hand-in-hand. And, tacking on a set of performance-grade disc brakes is the surest way to provide the highest level of safety for your student. Commonly known as “brake fade,” the brake pedal becomes soft or non-responsive after driving long distances or braking on a steep decline. This is due to the increased temperature inside the brake system as a result of the heightened demands placed on the brake components. That’s why performance brakes include slotted rotors, like those found on a racecar. This design keeps your brakes cool under heavy operation by allowing heated gases to escape and also allows water to move more freely through the holes in wet driving conditions, providing increased performance, added bite and more powerful braking than you’ll get out of stock components.

Bike Racks

Tire chains are a great investment, but their usage is often limited to colder climates. If your kid is the outdoorsy type, outfitting their vehicle with a Thule bike rack is the quickest way to provide both style and safety by preventing them from having to cram their bike into the back of their vehicle. A Thule bike rack enables the effective transport of a wide variety of recreational gear while leaving extra leg room in the cab for clothes, books and the video game system they snuck in when you weren’t looking. Bike racks, and other high-quality roof racks, are forged from steel tubing and capable of holding up to 300 lbs of evenly distributed weight. The cradles accommodate practically every kind of bike and don’t require the removal of a front tire for use. And since the trails can get muddy, a couple of smart companion accessories would be the addition of a rubber car mat and vehicle-specific seat covers.

Other than getting your driver’s license, college is the quintessential life experience. And whether your student is riding around in a beat-up hand-me-down or something fresh off the lot, vehicle accessories like those mentioned above – as well as a Coverking car cover, side window deflectors, Euro tail lights or a fog light – go a long way toward ensuring the experience is a positive one.

Car accessories nowadays, like Toyota accessories and Honda accessories, are manufactured vehicle-specific. This design ensures the best possible fit and a long-life of reliable, high-performance usage that can stand up to even the best party schools.

Please feel free to call toll-free 800.874.8888 or e-mail with any questions. We are delighted to be of assistance in finding the right auto parts for you, be they car parts, truck parts or SUV parts.

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