It seems like all year around people are talking about
summer. Beaches, boats, bonfires and
everything else associated with the warm weather and sunshine is what gets
people through the rest of the year. But
there is another group of people who love the “after summer” season. Fall brings beautiful colors, sweatshirt
weather, and a reprieve from those hot, humid Mid-Michigan days. And for the sports fans out there, Fall =
One of the number 1 activities correlated to Football, be it
college or professional, is the all-important Tailgate Party! A place for fans, sporting their team’s
colors, to find camaraderie or a little good-natured jibbing at those supporting
the opposing team.
Since tailgating happens in the parking lot in the direct
vicinity of our vehicles, whether yours sports an actual tailgate or not, there
are things you can do to make sure your car, truck or SUV is going to give you the
best venue for your own Tailgate Party!
Many of us have to drive 10s to 100s to even 1000s of miles
to get to the venue of our favorite sporting event. Make sure your vehicle is running in tip top
shape with these few checks before you hit the road:
Check your oil levels.
Make sure your vehicle has enough oil and that
you are following the manufacturer’s suggestion of how often to get your oil
changed. Your oil is the lifeblood of
We’ve all been to games where it is raining or
even snowing this time of year. Make
sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition to keep you vision
clear as you make the trek to the stadium.
Nothing will throw a bigger kink in your road
trip than a blown tire. Make sure your
tires have enough tread to make your travels safe. Also make sure tire pressure is up to par and
that tire wear is happening evenly.
Remember to have your tires rotated at regular intervals.
Make sure you always have your emergency kit in
your vehicle and ready to go. First aid
kits, booster cables, blankets and flares should always be accessible to help
you out if you do run into car troubles.
And last but not least…
Food and Ice
Now that you are safe and sound at the venue, it’s
time to break out the food and drinks and have some fun. Have your coolers stocked and all the fixings
ready to go so you can just relax and enjoy the company of others once you arrive.
Now get out there and sport your team’s colors and be ready
to share in the joy (and sometimes the hurt) of how the game turns out!