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Updated Aug 12, 2014 - 11:45 am

Keeping teens car safe while in college

PHOENIX -- Schools are starting up all over the state and that means colleges and universities aren't far behind.

Plenty of nervous parents will be watching their teens head off to college but there are some things they can do to help put their minds at ease.

AAA Arizona said whether students are heading off to school out of state or staying nearby, there are some important tips that they should follow to keep out of trouble, especially with cars.

"Cars are a hot commodity in college," said Michelle Donati, the public affairs supervisor for AAA Arizona. "If you have a car you're going to have a lot of friends, you're going to have a lot of people wanting to ride with you, and you're going to have a lot of people asking to borrow your car."

Donati said lending a car to roommates, friends or fellow students is a very bad idea, though, because car insurance follows the car and not the driver.

"You're essentially loaning them your car insurance," Donati said. "That means if there is a crash, that crash is going to go against whoever owns the vehicle, which is usually means mom and dad."

Donati also recommended parents get their teens renter's insurance to protect their things while students are away from home. She also said getting them some kind of roadside assistance is a good way to know they won't ever get stranded somewhere.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.

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