Before you get behind the wheel of a car, it’s important to know that you’re up to the task. Headlines abound of drivers distracted by other passengers, cellphones, texting, and even shaving. Even a dog in the car can be a major distraction. But your mental state can affect your driving skills, too. I couldn’t find hard numbers, but AAA says driving while mad or upset is a factor in many accidents. Wait until you calm down before buckling that seat belt. The life you save might just be your own. Remember: Driving really is a privilege, not a right.
Thinking about signing up for courses at your local community college or pursuing a degree at a four-year university? If you have a learning disability, opportunities abound to get help before classes start and even once they’ve begun. Institutions of higher education are reaching out to students with disabilities like never before. And those students are benefiting from an array of colleges offering specialized support programs geared to their special needs. USA TODAY writes about Maryland’s Project Access Summer Institute, a program for high school students with learning disabilities at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. But there are programs across the country.
Barnes & Noble is expanding its college textbook rental program. It joined Chegg.com and other in renting books online last January. What’s cool about B&N is that you can also rent books from a slew of campus bookstores that it operates. Books rent for at least half off the purchase price. And rental books can be returned either online or in stores within 10 days of your last final exams. B&N won’t say exactly how many colleges and universities are offering the rental program, but hundreds of school are participating, the company says. Borders has a similar rental program, offering 1.4 million textbooks for sale online, including used textbooks for up to 90% off. Why rent? It might not be for everyone but increasingly, that’s the option of choice for college students trying to whittle down the nearly $667 a year they each have to ante up for required course materials, according to an estimate from the National Association of College Stores. Cengage Learning and Follett also offer textbook rentals.