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Prepare your young adult for a return to post-secondary school and ‘adulting’

Whether it’s their first year away from home or a post-pandemic return to the classroom, we want to make the transition back to school smooth. Here are four tips to help prepare your student for the year ahead — and keep them protected at the same time.

1. Give them a head start with the right tech gear

Equipment such as computer accessories, a tablet, digital camera or portable speakers are useful tools for school. Use your BCAA Membership card to get more for less in academic supplies and electronics at The Source where Members save up to 20% on regular and sale items. Members can also earn up to 8% in CAA Dollars® by shopping online at Dell.

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2. Set them up with their own BCAA Membership for protection in case of the unexpected

Get your young adult their own BCAA Membership (tip: if they plan to live at home while at school, you can share your BCAA Membership coverage and savings by adding them as an Associate Member in your BCAA Online Account.) Enjoy peace of mind knowing they’ll be covered for the unexpected, no matter whose car they’re riding in.

The other great part of a BCAA Membership? Making study breaks count with savings everywhere they go. By showing their Membership card, your hard-working student can save at places like Blenz Coffee and Freshslice Pizza to get re-energized for class or exams.

Pro tip: help them download the BCAA Mobile App to bring all the power of Membership to their fingertips. They’ll be able to request Roadside Assistance from their smartphone, locate their favourite rewards partners and save money on the go. Here are seven BCAA Mobile App features they (and you!) may not know about.

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3. Get them a ‘car’ for flexibility and safety – better yet, make it 1600 cars

Busy students need to get around quickly, transport groceries and get home safely. Get the student in your life (18 and up!) a free Evo Membership along with 45 free driving minutes and access to 1600 cars (parking, gas and insurance included). Evo Car Share is at campuses around town including UBC, SFU, BCIT, and Capilano University. Plus, Evo is now in Victoria with free parking at the University of Victoria and Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. Have your student use promo code STUDENT when signing up to get the offer in time for back to school! And BCAA Members get an even sweeter deal – sign up here to get free Membership and 60 free driving minutes, plus save 10% on all future trips.

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4. Keep them protected with insurance

Whether at home or on the road, help your young adult stay prepared for the unexpected with coverage that they (and you) can count on.

At home - Speak to an insurance advisor about your student’s post-secondary living arrangements:

  • Do they plan to continue to live at home while at school? Review your home insurance policy to ensure their high-priced academic equipment and other electronics are covered for theft, loss or damage.
  • If they are moving into a dorm or rental suite, they should think about getting content insurance which also protects them against residential mishaps such as a fire or water damage from a burst pipe. Check out BCAA Renters Insurance to find the right coverage. Bonus: BCAA Members can save up to 20%.

On the road – If they have their own set of wheels for library commutes and weekend road trips, we’re here to help with all their car insurance needs, including mandatory ICBC Autoplan. Plus, with BCAA, your student can purchase or renew coverage with ease from just about anywhere over the phone, including from the convenience of a dorm room during a study break. Learn more, including how BCAA Members save up to 20% on BCAA Optional Car Insurance.

Not a BCAA Member yet? Join today and get BC’s Best Roadside Assistance for less than $8 a month. Plus, subscribe to our BCAA Member Rewards e-news to learn about exclusive BCAA offers, contests, deals and news.