It's fall, and for most people, it means that it's time to travel to watch your favorite football team. Tailgating is a long-time American tradition that brings our loved ones together for delicious food and fun before a sporting event takes place. When we hear of tailgating, most people envision it taking place outside an arena. However, tailgating can take place wherever: the arena, your hometown, or even from the comfort of your own backyard! So whether you're at the game or you're just grilling outback, please consider exercising these safety tips:
- If you're attending a college or higher-level sports game, then you know the crowd can get overwhelming. Whenever you're riding around a tailgating area, please be very cautious of your surroundings. There are going to be many pedestrians, including children.
- A lot of alcohol is consumed before sporting events. To guarantee your safety, please have a backup plan in case you choose to drink. You can have a designated driver or use a rideshare app to get you where you need to be. Never drink and drive!
- Practice extra caution when cooking or grilling near your vehicle. You should know the basics of fire safety and food safety before handling food. Keep in mind you're surrounded by gasoline-powered cars, so it could become hazardous if you have a fire accident.
- Try to bypass using or carrying glass objects during a tailgate. Broken glass on the ground can be very hazardous for both people and vehicle wheels. Watch the road for glass shards when driving to and from tailgating areas to prevent your tires from popping.
- Please do not forget any valuable items inside your vehicle at the start of the game to prevent theft.
- Make sure that you pack portable chargers with you to avoid having a dead phone or speaker by the end of the game.
If you're planning on tailgating with your loved ones this autumn, please remember to follow our tailgating safety steps. You can be safe and have fun at the same time! We invite you to pay us a visit at Kamphaus Auto Care before the big game for a pre-trip inspection.