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Car trouble is no trouble for UNT students

Car trouble is no trouble for UNT students

Car trouble is no trouble for UNT students
September 25
07:34 2013

Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer

Car trouble can be a scary thing for students that are far from home. Fortunately for students, faculty and staff, UNT has a program to help them get out of jams.

Parking and transportation services director Geary Robinson said the school provides a variety of help to UNT’s 9,100 commuter students, as well as resident students and faculty. Help ranges from pumping flat tires to jump-starts to driving students around campus looking for their vehicle when they lose track of it.

Responders also provide students with phone numbers to a towing company and a locksmith if either service is required, as well as transportation to a gas station. Services are available 24 hours a day, and can be found through the UNT Police Department.

Cpl. John DeLong, community relations officer for UNT PD, said assistance is carried out by police and parking and transportation employees. The current policy was adopted in 2001, but drivers have been able to get help since before then.

“The motorist-assist program has always been around in police departments in some form,” he said.

Scotty Hodge with Charlie Beck’s Garage Auto Service Repair said UNT helps with common vehicle problems. Hodge said his garage changes batteries more than any other repair, and because of area construction, flat tires are difficult to avoid.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do to keep from getting a flat,” he said. “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”

Hodge said the best way to take care of tires is by regularly checking their pressure with a tire gauge or by taking them into a tire repair shop.

He said batteries are run down by the heat, so this time of year is difficult on them no matter what. The best way to avoid needing a jump, he said, is to not leave anything on without the engine.

“Whenever you’ve got [the engine] running, the alternator is going to keep the battery charged up,” Hodge said. “Anytime you leave anything on in the car with the car off, it’s going to run down the battery.”

Hodge said to make sure to leave the engine running for 20 to 30 minutes after getting a jump to charge the alternator.

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