Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to get outside and start enjoying the beautiful days with your friends and families. When days are long and the weather is fine you never lack for options when it comes to finding a fun way to pass the time. The same remains true when you’re looking for something to do with your car and truck.

Whatever type of vehicle you drive, from a sedan to a truck to a van, there are options for putting them to use to help you and your friends have a great time.

1) Plan a Road Trip

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored and there’s no better way to do so then hopping in a car and hitting the roads. Whether you plan on going alone or traveling with friends or family, a road trip is a phenomenal way to see the country. Not only does opting to drive instead of flying allow large groups to save significant money but you also add to your vacation plans the opportunity to take in the incredible sights you pass on the way. You don’t even need a final destination in mind. Sometimes the best road trips just involve heading out and seeing where the road takes you.

2) Head to the Track

If you’re the proud owner of a muscle car then you will love the opportunity to see what your car can do in a performance setting. Find a track near you and head out to measure your car’s ability to get up and go in a hurry. Racing at a track allows you to test your car’s limits while remaining in a safe setting designed to allow for such extremes.

3) Throw a Tailgate Party

When it’s game day or you’ve got a concert to go to there’s no better way to add to the experience than by starting the party early. Tailgating not only allows you to save money on pricey stadium food and drinks, but it also lets you make the fun last longer. Any car can be used for tailgating though, as the name implies, it’s best handled by a truck capable of carrying your gear to the stadium. It’s easy to be the life of the party when you show up with a grill, food and yard games like cornhole or ladder ball.

4) Go Car Camping

A night or weekend in the woods is a fun way to reconnect with nature and get back to basics. While many campers prefer to pitch a tent on the ground, that’s not your only option. If you’ve got a car with a cab that’s capable of handling the trek to your campgrounds you can set up camp in the back of your car or truck. This provides a more secure location if you’re worried about bears or other wildlife, and many companies even manufacture tents specifically designed to work with your car or truck.

5) Get Off Road

While many of the best car-based activities can be accomplished with nearly any car, sometimes you need a specialist. If you want to get down and dirty you can go off-road with a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle. A day of mudding will leave you messy but it will also have you laughing and enjoying yourselves all day long.

Summer may be here, but it will be gone before you know it. Don’t let the warm weather pass you by without taking advantage of it. Hop in your car today and head out on an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.