Your Fall Leaves Viewing GuideOctober 7, 2019
October means cold weather is sweeping in, and with it, the trees begin to change colors. Louisiana has some beautiful fall foliage, but to see it at its best means getting out of the city and heading out to the woods and state parks.
When you will see “peak” color will vary depending on where you are in the U.S., with northern states seeing colorful leaves in late September to mid-October, while Southern states usually don’t get brilliant color until mid-October through early November. But weather conditions can also change when peak color hits, so if you are planning on taking a trip to see the fall foliage this year, make sure to call ahead to your destination to ask about color conditions.
Louisiana isn’t the only place in the U.S. with beautiful fall foliage. We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to see autumn colors this year.
Safety Tips for Roadtripping
Roadtripping is a proud American pastime, but that doesn’t mean it’s something you should take carelessly. Before you hit the road this fall, make sure to go over each item on our roadtrip safety checklist to see what you might need before leaving home.
- Ask your mechanic for a vehicle inspection. An inspection will locate any potential problems with your vehicle’s fluid levels, brakes, tires, battery, air conditioning unit, or other parts before they become a problem that could leave you stranded on the side of the road.
- Consider renting a car. If you are going off-road, you will probably need a car with four-wheel drive and high clearance. You might also consider a rental if you’d prefer to keep the mileage off your personal car or if an inspection reveals a problem with your personal car.
- Prepare for roadside emergencies. Always keep a spare tire, jack, gas can, and jumper kit in your car, and don’t assume your car has them already. Many newer cars only come with a tire patch kit rather than a spare tire.
- Prepare an emergency kit. Good items to pack include sunblock, bug spray, a flashlight, batteries and chargers, a multitool, first aid kit, water bottles, and blanket or towel, but you aren’t limited to these items.
- Carry Cash. Some small towns, state or national parks, and toll stations won’t be able to process credit card payments.
- Download, don’t stream, your music. If, or rather when, you lose cell signal, your streaming will go with it. You might also consider checking out CD or audiobooks from your local library.
- Have a backup map. If you lose cell phone service, you will also likely lose your phone’s GPS. Have a back-up plan, such as a physical map or separate GPS unit, and make sure to call ahead to learn about any potential road closures on your route.
- Get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving under the influence.
After a Road Trip Accident, Call Dudley DeBosier
At Dudley DeBosier, we know traffic accidents. And when you get in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we’ll give your case the attention it deserves, whether it happened on a fall road trip or simply on your way to work. We care about our clients, and we want to help your life get back to as close to normal as possible after an accident: that’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.