By Madeline Klein on August 27, 2018.
Watching your beloved college football team in your own town is great. No football fan will deny that. But they’ll also tell you there’s nothing quite like that feeling of traveling to support your team on the road.
Not only do you get a road trip that’s bound to be fun with friends and family, but you get to explore a new college town, see a new stadium, and experience new tailgating traditions. What more could you ask for?
If you plan to hit the road this fall to follow your favorite football team out of town, we’ve got some tips for road trip success here.
1. Research your route
The first part of any road trip should be a little bit of research. While this isn’t the most fun part of a trip, it is vital to make sure you hit all the best spots and know what to expect when you get to the new town.
You’ll want to look into the route you plan to take to your destination. If you know there’s a big crowd headed to the same game, you may want to find a couple of alternate routes if you hate traffic and feel at home on backroads. Be sure to mark down any must-see roadside wonders, and the best restaurants Trip Advisor is raving about. Don’t forget to look into the college town that you’ll be visiting too. It’s always better to live like a local!
2. Look into tailgating traditions
Each college has its own tailgating traditions. Some are well known for bringing out all the stops, and even hanging chandeliers at their tailgates (looking at you, University of Mississippi). Others may be more laid back, where you can find most people out playing bags or other tailgating games before kick-off.
Check into what the tailgating scene is like at the school. You’ll want to plan ahead and pack the necessities to turn your car into a tailgating machine. Experiencing new tailgating traditions is one of the best things about traveling to a football game, so you won’t want to miss out.
A bit of prep will also help you figure out the best location to tailgate when you get there. Being close to the stadium always seems like a great idea, but at many stadiums, a little distance will give you and your friends more room to spread out, and it will be just as fun.
3. Pick your car and driver wisely
Choosing what car to drive there can be difficult if either everyone wants to drive, or, on the flip side, no one wants to drive. You’ll want something that gets great gas mileage but is still spacious enough to fit everyone and everything you need to bring. Typically an SUV is a solid choice.
Be sure to figure out who will be driving. If you plan to switch off, make sure everyone driving has car insurance, especially the person whose car you’re taking. Car insurance on a road trip can be a tricky thing, so double check and make sure you have the coverage you’ll need.
4. Embrace cruise control
While you’re driving, don’t be too cool for cruise control. Some people don’t love using it, but cruise control can be a huge help on a long road trip. Not only does it help save gas because you’re going at a constant speed, but it can save you money spent on gas and help you stay more focused on the road. You should of course, always be ready to break at a moment’s notice.
And as if you needed more reason to use cruise control, you can say goodbye to any speeding tickets! Set cruise control to the speed limit and you won’t have to worry about getting pulled over for that pesky lead foot again.
Traveling to support your beloved football team should be a highlight of your fall. So do a little prep, learn about the school, and enjoy your time away!