As soon as the hint of fall is in the air, football fans around the country break out the grill, tent, and yard games to prepare for one of America’s favorite pastimes – tailgating. Whether it’s professional or collegiate, nothing is more important to a good football game than the tailgate –besides the final score of course.
Tailgate hosts also know that their vehicle is a major player in these festivities. To improve your chances of having a great tailgate, James Bell, head of consumer affairs at General Motors, teamed up with tailgating expert Gameday Steve, of InsideTailgating.com, to share these exclusive tips for the ultimate tailgating experience.
Here are some of James’ exclusive vehicle tips:
Transform your vehicle into the ultimate tailgate destination:
Have fun with it! Hang the team banner from an open tailgate or draped over a window, which will also keep a vehicle from heating up on a sunny day. Don’t be afraid to show off your team’s colors and invest in some entertainment accessories. Part of the fun is hosting a quick game of catch or offering an extra hot dog or two.
Some tailgating features you may not know your new model vehicle has:
- Front, rear and cargo power outlets – The 2013 GMC Acadia and other GM vehicles come equipped with 12-volt power outlets in these areas.
- Rear hatch audio system control – The Acadia also features volume and seek controls for the audio system right inside the rear hatch, so listening to your favorite sports radio system is made easier.
- Battery run-down protection – This technology monitors your battery voltage and shuts power to 12-volt accessories when it drops too low. This leaves just enough power to turn the engine over so your battery can recharge.
Here are some of Gameday Steve’s picks for gear, gadgets and games:
A portable satellite dish, like this one from Winegard Carryout (http://www.winegard.com/carryout/) (see gallery)
A tailgate game, like the new basket pong ( http://www.basketpong.com/) (see gallery)
A portable party grill, like the Blacktop 360 Grill (www.blacktop360.com) (see gallery)
Leave your questions for James or Gameday and share your tailgate tips, or favorite team, below.