ROCHESTER, N.Y. – This statement might blow your socks off: college is expensive. Cars can be expensive too – and combing the two can be a pricey venture for a young adult.
According to a new analysis conducted by the personal finance and investing group, Value Penguin, maintaining a fully insured car at some colleges can cost an estimated $6,538. The report also looked at campus safety and convenience to find the best and worst college towns for students who want to keep the keys while they’re cramming for midterms.
Western and Central New York schools consistently ranked at the bottom of the list and a Rochester car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says there are many factors that make New York colleges expensive and risky for students who drive.
“It seems every year New York gets crushed with winter storms that occur during busy fall and spring college semesters in Rochester,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “With hundreds or thousands of young and inexperienced drivers on the roads in such a small area around college campuses, driving can be difficult and dangerous.”
Of the 105 cities/campuses evaluated in Value Penguin’s research, Syracuse ranked 99th and Alfred didn’t do much better – ranking 80th in the nation. Both scored very low for safety and convenience.
Researchers said the worst colleges to have a car are ones located in bigger cities or places with difficult driving conditions and high insurance costs.
Syracuse is often battling Rochester and Buffalo for the Golden Snowball Award; a yearly competition for the most snow. With several colleges located in this “snow-belt,” campus safety officials are constantly trying to find ways to keep driving students safe, which sometimes means leaving the car at mom and dad’s.
On top of the poor weather, bad roads, car thefts, and price were also taken into account. The cost of parking permits, repairs and gas can cost students an extra $9,000 to $12,000 in some places. Students attending Long Island University in Greenvale can expect to shell-out an average of $10,000 a year just in vehicle up-keep when they’re at school.
Schools closer to Rochester weren’t that expensive but poor roads and packed parking lots dragged several New York schools to the bottom of the list.
“For many students, it may be a wiser decision to leave the car keys at home while away at college,” Cellino said. “Safety should be everyone’s top concern and when a young person is driving in an unfamiliar area, there are many things that can go wrong. If that’s not enough of deterrent, we encourage students to crunch the numbers and figure out how much they’d save by leaving the keys at home.”
Rochester car accident lawyers say thousands of students are injured in car crashes near college campuses every semester. If you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver, the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help you obtain the best result possible. Call them today for a free consultation.