It’s hard to believe how different a hot commute in hair-pulling traffic can be from a balmy mid-afternoon drive on an open road in the countryside — both in the same car. Nothing brings back the freedom of summer like a great drive, and unless you’re cursed with a 36-month lease of a kiddie-hauler that now smells like sour milk, it’s high time you planned just such a trip. You’ve somewhere to be with no particular place to go, and the destination is smooth asphalt, sunny skies and the fine smell of good motoring making its way to your stress-free nostrils. Now it’s time to get you equipped.

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