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Hit the Road, Jack

Now that fall is upon us and the temps are cooler (at least in some parts of the country), we’ve been itching to get out and see the fabulous fall colors that nature offers. A road trip can be one of the best ways to view the beautiful autumn scenery, and whether you go as a family or as a two-some, it’s an endeavor that’s well worth it.

It’s always somewhat of a guess to predict when fall colors will be at their peak, so if you’re planning a trip or a last-minute venture, check out the following sites for fall foliage peak times:

https://weather.com/maps/fall-foliage
http://farmersalmanac.com/peak-fall-foliage-dates/

And while it’s adventuresome to just throw a few things in the car and go on a whim, it’s smart to give your trip some forethought and adhere to these helpful travel tips:

  • Clean your vehicle before and during your trip.
  • Make sure your car is up-to-date on maintenance items (tire pressure, fluids levels, etc.).
  • Join a roadside rescue service — an 800 number for local tow services can prove invaluable!
  • Pack a tire gauge and jumper cables.
  • Bring an auto cell phone charger.
  • Pack water and snacks for long stretches of travel between meal stops.
  • Pack a camera in addition to your cell phone.
  • Get plenty of sleep before you get behind the wheel.
  • Plan to stop and take a break every two hours, even if only to stretch.
  • Have a Plan B — your best-made plans could go awry, especially with roadwork and delays, so keep some wiggle room in your itinerary and an alternate route in case you need it.
  • Make sure your license, registration and insurance cards are current and along for the ride.
  • Pack a physical road map in case your GPS fails (heaven forbid) — we all know how it feels to rely on GPS for directions or get misled, and it’s usually not fun!
  • Preload your cell phone with music apps or favorite podcasts.

After these, all that’s left to do is grab your sunglasses and enjoy the view!