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ROAD TRIP PROCEDURES 

Please Keep This In Your Glove Box So It Is Handy For All Road Trips 


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Before you leave, make sure you... 

  • Fill your tank with gas. 
  • Check all car fluids. 
  • Test air pressure of tires. 
  • Take personal and health items: medication, sun block, appropriate clothing and food and drink. 
  • Have your radio with you.
  • Have your name tags with you.
  • Have a copy of the itinerary. 

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Consider keeping the following items in your car: 

  • Club (FRS) radio (with fresh batteries) set to channel 3. We will use channel 5 as an alternate backup if channel 3 is busy with non-club chatter. 
  • Club name tags
  • Cell phone (charged) 
  • Map 
  • Flashlight 
  • Quart of oil 
  • First aid kit 
  • Pen and paper 
  • "Send Police" sign 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Spare tire and jack (except M's) 
  • Basic tools (see tool kit in trunk) 
  • Window cleaner and towels and any other detailing accessories 
  • $20 of emergency money, including change for phones 

You should also check out the trip checklist.

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NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: 

If you get lost, injured, fall behind, become ill or cannot continue the trip, notify a member of the club ASAP in one of the following two methods.  

  • Call another member of the club on radio or cell phone to get assistance and/or notify group of the problem.
  • If you cannot reach any of the club members by cell phone or radio, leave a message at the next scheduled stop (restaurant or lodging).

Members Cell Phone Numbers: 

  • Paul Ebeyer 480-620-4204
  • Carol Ebeyer 602-284-0905 
  • Virgil Jackson 602-228-2827

Emergency Phone Numbers: 

  • Arizona Road/Weather Conditions 888-411-7623 
  • Arizona Highway Patrol (DPS) 

    Northern AZ 520-773-3600 

    Central AZ 602-223-2000 (911 emergencies only) 

    Southern AZ 520-746-4500 

  • ADOT Hotline 888-411-7623 
  • BMW Roadside Assistance 800-332-4269 
  • Camelback BMW 602-274-1000
  • Chapman BMW 480-949-7600 

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PROTECTING YOURSELF: 

DO 

  • Review travel route to familiarize yourself with where we are going. 
  • Wear your seatbelt to protect against injury that could leave you vulnerable on the road. 
  • Lock your doors when you leave your car to activate anti-theft. 
  • Pay attention to your surroundings: 
  • Look for landmarks and note highway mile markers. 
  • Drive to a public place if you're bumped from behind and don't feel safe stopping. 
  • Ask non-uniformed law enforcement officials in unmarked cars to call for a back up in a marked car.
  •  Park only in well-lighted areas where an attendant or employee can see you. 
  • Check your surroundings when entering a rest area restroom. 
  • Remember that your life is more valuable than your money or your car. 

DON'T 

  • Get out of your car. If you're hit from behind, drive to a well-lit, public location. 
  • Pick up hitchhikers. 
  • Ride with people you don't know. 
  • Stop at rest areas unless they have security or are occupied by several vehicles. 
  • Drive during or after drinking, or ride with a driver who has been drinking. In addition to being better able to avoid the obvious risks, a sober driver is better able to avoid accidents and intruders. 

IF YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN

  • Stay calm. 
  • Park as far off the traveled portion of the highway as possible.
  •  Turn on the four-way emergency flashers. 
  • Open the vehicle's hood and leave it open. 
  • Tie a light-colored cloth to the antenna or traffic-side door handle. 
  • Place a warning triangle behind your vehicle for sufficient warning to oncoming traffic Place a "Send Police" sign in your window. 
  • Notify a member of the club using the notification procedures above.

If you call for service, be prepared to provide: 

  • Your name
  • Telephone number from which you are calling.
  • Exact location of your vehicle (nearest cross streets or mile marker).
  • Year, make, model, color, and license plate number of your vehicle.
  • Nature of the trouble. 

Try to stay with your vehicle until a police officer or help arrives, especially at night or in inclement weather. If someone stops to help, stay in your car with the doors locked, crack open your window, and ask them to go to the nearest available phone to call the police for assistance. Notify law enforcement of the location and circumstances if you must leave your vehicle along the highway.

If you must leave your vehicle, write down the following information and leave it on your car:

  • The date.
  • Your name.
  • The time you left.
  • What you are wearing.
  • The direction you are going.

If you decide you must ride with a passing motorist to obtain help leave in your vehicle a written message containing:

  • The information listed above
  • The motorist's name.
  • A description of the motorist's vehicle.
  • The motorist's vehicle license plate number.

MAKING REPAIRS 

On the highway, do not leave your vehicle to fix a flat unless absolutely necessary. In order to protect against injury to you or to the car's moving parts, only reach into the engine bay after you have turned it off. Also remember that the engine is HOT! Engines can overheat if your vehicle is low on engine coolant/anti-freeze or oil.

For specific repairs, review the trouble shooting section of your automobile owner's manual.

STRANDED MOTORIST 

If you see a stranded motorist, if possible lend a hand, if not then flash your lights as a sign of help, note the nearest mile marker, and call the police at the next exit.

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REMEMBER: THE OFFICIAL CLUB POLICY IS TO OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND TO BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER DRIVERS