As summer winds down, it’s time to begin thinking about autumn and, yes, winter in the distance. It’s a good time to check your BMW and other vehicles you might have to ensure they are in good working condition.
It’s also time to begin thinking about emergency preparations.
We’re not talking about major storms, massive snow events, or anything like that; we are talking about what could happen in the event you are stuck on the side of the road.
There could be a number of unexpected reasons to become stranded. A small rock or piece of metal could get thrown up underneath your vehicle, cut a gash into the engine coolant line, and lead to overheating. You could get a flat tire. There are dozens of reasons why people get stuck on the side of the road, but rarely are they prepared for this type of situation. Sure, you have a cell phone and can call for help, but what if it’s the middle of the night and you can’t get a hold of anyone?
Do you have an emergency kit in your vehicle?
This kit should include jumper cables, the first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, and it’s also a good idea to have drinking water, nonperishable food items, and a blanket, especially for those extremely cold days and nights ahead.
Very few people take the time to plan for these potential emergencies, and though it may never happen to you, it does happen from time to time. There are plenty of news stories about people being stuck, not being able to get help, and facing an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation when they were just heading home.
It’s also a good idea to have emergency contact numbers, not just to call the police, but also tow companies, family or friends, and others so you can let them know where you are, what has happened, and sit tight, wait for help to arrive, and if it is cold out, snowing, or something else is going on weather related, just don’t leave your vehicle.