When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes. Where once you’d seal the windows and bask in the AC, now the windows can be dropped to let in the warm breeze and the rumble of the engine. Endless expanses of green — pleasant, but monotonous — become frame-worthy, colorful country vistas. Besides, what better way to make sure your car is ready for the impending winter than a blast through the temperate countryside? Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive. Jack Frost can wait.
The Fall Driving Punchlist
Filson Bell Bomber ($325)
A simple, well-made driving jacket that goes with almost anything. Slip in a liner when it gets chilly.
Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Fit Harris Tweed Herringbone Sport Coat ($698)
Go from road to field to family gathering with this warm and sophisticated tweed.
J. Crew Vintage Cord 700 Fit ($75)
A warm, soft and slim-cut corduroy pant, updated so you don’t look 60 years old wearing them.
Brioni Turtleneck in Wool, Silk and Cashmere ($775)
A great drive doesn’t involve a shirt and tie, but you should still look smashing.
Tod’s Suede Loafers ($445)
With curved heels for great driving and lug soles for fall traction.
Bionic Driving Gloves ($34+)
A new generation of driving gloves with Coolmax inserts for ventilation and full coverage for cooler climes.
Persol PO0714SM Polarized Steve McQueen Edition ($400)
You can’t be McQueen, but you can wear his sunglasses.
BR 126 Sport Heritage GMT & Flyback ($7,638)
A vintage-style aviator that’s handsome and functional (particularly if you’re crossing timezones on your drive).
EuroSHIRM Swing Umbrella ($49)
This durable umbrella is meant for long wilderness treks; light fall mists will be no problem.
Frank Clegg Single Gusset Suitcase ($1,650)
No Samsonite hardside for you. You travel in the hues of autumn.
EcoXgear Ecostone ($149)
Great tunes, waterproof speakers and phone charging are always welcomed.
Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket ($129)
Stop and enjoy the view…and take a nap.