Winter driving can easily add to the stress level of the already-stressed adult student. Help him or her stay safe on the road in the winter with these 10 car-related gift ideas for adult students.
1. Winter Maintenance Check UpBefore the cold weather arrives for good, give your favorite adult student a gift certificate for a winter maintenance check up. They'll make sure the tires and tire pressure are good, all the right fluids are topped off, including windshield washer fluid, and that the right oil weight for cold weather is protecting the engine.
Cold weather can change the pressure in your tires dramatically. After your winter maintenance check up, it's a good idea to check the pressure in your tires once a week. A tire pressure gauge is a must-have, and it doesn't take up any space at all in the glove box.
3. Gift Certificate for Gas
We've all had the shock of seeing how much it costs to fill up the gasoline tank in our car. If you drive an SUV or truck, the total on the pump can be nearly astronomical.
For adult students driving to work and school, plus running errands and, for some, taking the kids to all of their various activities, the gas tank can plunge in a hurry. It's especially important to keep the tank at least half full in freezing temperatures.
Give a gift certificate, for as much as you can afford, from a gas station you know your adult student uses. The most convenient station will be most appreciated. If you can manage it, give 12 of them, one for every month.
We all love gifts that give all year long!
A winter car kit is one of those things we all know is a good idea, but that we never get around to actually putting together. It's not hard, or expensive. You can even use a gallon ice cream pail with a lid if you don't want to buy a container.
What should you put in a winter car kit?
- Bottles of water
- Snack bars
- Batteries for the flashlight
If you don't want the hassle of creating your own kit, you can buy one. They come in all sizes and price ranges.
A snow brush is a must for driving anywhere it might snow. When you get out of class at 9 p.m., finding several inches of snow on your car can be a bummer. Make it easy for your adult student to get home sooner, especially on a cold, snowy night.
Once the snow is brushed off the car, it's not unusual to find a nice thick coating of ice on the windshield. Bugger. Buy your adult student a sturdy ice scraper. They even come with built-in mitts now!
7. Sand or Kitty LitterA bag of sand or kitty litter tucked into the trunk can be a lifesaver when tires are spinning on snow and ice. Sprinkle some sand or litter under your driving tire for traction, ease out, and save the cost of a tow.
Did you know you can buy collapsible shovels made especially for keeping in a car? They're very handy if you find yourself in a snowbank or behind an icy snow drift made by a plow. This is one of those gifts you may never use, but simply having it makes you feel better.
If your student does get stuck on the way to or from school at night, it can be a relief to have some light sticks available for safety both inside and outside the car. They come in all colors and sizes.
Jumper cables are a good idea to keep in every car, but they're especially nice to have when your student is on his or her way to a test and doesn't have time to call a tow truck. Give your adult student a lesson in how to use the new jumper cables, too!