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What Should You Look for in a Road Tripping Vehicle?



If you’re a family that likes to take a lot of road trips, then you might be looking for certain features when shopping for a new vehicle. It’s important that you’re able to stay safe while driving on the road, but there are also convenience features that will make your trip so much easier. Depending on your budget, you can prioritize your vehicle features as you see fit.

Good Fuel Economy

Gas mileage is important because it really reflects the efficiency of your vehicle. Every new vehicle is tested for the number of miles that it gets per gallon on the highway. There is a separate rating for city mileage. The combined fuel efficiency rating will give you a good idea of how much money you’ll be spending on fuel during your road trips. You can also use this information to figure out how often you’ll be stopping at the gas pumps. Also, be aware that the more cargo space a vehicle contains, the less fuel-efficient it will be.


Reliability is important when you’re shopping for a new vehicle, but it’s an even bigger deal when you’re going to be heading out of town. Reliability will prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Some brands tend to be more dependable than others. According to Santa Monica Motors, Toyota has over 70 models under its brand. The brand is well known for its reliability due to its process in manufacturing. Chevrolet is another vehicle brand that builds their vehicles to last. You can also add upgrades that will benefit your vehicle. There are add-ons for your tires that can help make your trip safer.

Comfort and Convenience

The interior of your vehicle is very important when you’re going to be driving for many miles at a time. You want to make sure that there is enough room for the driver and passenger in the front, but ample space in the back of the vehicle is important as well. According to Sonic Electronix, GPS/navigation is a great convenience feature that prevents you from having to use your phone for directions. Dual climate control can keep everyone comfortable, and an expansive cargo area will be important for the items that are coming along with you.

Shopping for a new vehicle is an important process, so you should take all the time that you need in order to make this decision. This is also a lot of money to spend. Since you’ll be paying for your vehicle for the next few years, make sure that you’re buying something that will serve you well for your road trips that you have planned.

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Tailgating 101: Recipes for Success



Recipes for Success

Before the action and drama on the field comes the action in the stadium lot, and if you’re looking to be the most valuable player of the tailgate party, college football legends say it’s all about the food, friends, and fans.

“Whether it’s bonding with other fans who become fast friends, or devouring some of the best food around, there is nothing like a college football tailgate to bring fans together and get them hyped for the game!” said Eddie George, retired running back and Heisman Trophy winner, who stars as the “Doctor” on Dr Pepper’s episodic marketing series, “Fansville.”

“Tailgating is the fabric of college football. In my travels both back home to Norman, Oklahoma, or away, the sacred art of hosting a tailgate or visiting another’s is quite honestly the best part of preparing for the moment we wait all week to enjoy — the sights, sounds and flavor of Saturdays with our favorite people, supporting our favorite teams,” says retired linebacker and two-time All-American, Brian Bosworth, who stars as the “Sheriff.”

In the meantime, spice up your tailgates with the official drink of “Fansville,” Dr Pepper, both as an ice-cold drink or used in your favorite tailgate snacks, like Skillet Burgers or this fan-favorite recipe for Checkered Flag Chili. With just six quick and easy steps, you can be the tailgate party MVP!


• 3 pounds ground beef

• 3 pounds ground pork

• 3 tablespoons bacon drippings

• 2 large onions, chopped

• 1 bell pepper, chopped

• 3 tablespoons red pepper

• 5 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 teaspoon oregano

• 1 tablespoon cumin

• 6 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or 2 8-oz. cans tomatoes)

• 1 small can green chilies

• 2 teaspoons salt

• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

• 2 12-oz. cans Dr Pepper

• 2 cups water

• 4 tablespoons chicken stock

• 2 cans kidney beans, drained

• 2 jalapeños, finely diced

• 1 6-oz. can tomato paste

• 8 tablespoons chili powder


• Render fat from bacon (save fat from cooked bacon).

• Sauté all vegetables and garlic in rendered fat.

• Separately brown all beef and pork; drain excess fat.

• Add beef and pork into the sautéed vegetables.

• Reduce Dr Pepper by 50 percent by bringing to a boil and simmering until quantity is half.

• Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.

For more tailgating recipes and resources, visit

Dedicated football fans know that the best way to start any game is with a great tailgate party. Score a touchdown before kickoff with tips, tricks and recipes from football legends. (StatePoint)

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