Our Top 7 Items to Pack in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Don't get caught unprepared for a breakdown in the heat of summer. You should make sure that you carry either manufacturer's roadside assistance or a membership with an auto club, but it's also a good idea to take along an emergency kit as a backup measure. Of course, you can stock it with whatever items you think are most important, but we suggest including the following:

  • A charged cell phone. This may make the difference between getting assistance quickly and perhaps not getting any at all. Keep a car charger in your vehicle, and charge your phone (face down, of course) when you're driving.
  • First aid kit. Stock it with an assortment of bandages, an antiseptic cream or ointment, gauze pads, adhesive tape, aspirin and any medically-necessary items you or your family members may require.
  • A fire extinguisher that has been rated for both Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Three reflective warning triangles. Set them out about 50 feet apart to adequately warn oncoming traffic.
  • A tire gauge. Use it to periodically check that your spare tire is fully inflated.
  • Jumper cables. Make sure they're coated with 8-gauge rubber or better, and at least 10 feet long.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries. Make sure that the flashlight is waterproof, just in case you break down in inclement weather.

If you should suffer a breakdown, keep in mind that there's no better place to have your BMW serviced than the Service Center at BMW of Tulsa. Be sure to use our convenient online service scheduler to arrange for an appointment time that's works into your busy schedule.

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