Filling your trunk with items for winter

Montoursville, Lycoming County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) As the temperature drops now is a good time to figure out what you need in your vehicle's trunk.

It's something most of us don't think about until after we're stranded without heat, food, or water. 

It can happen too you. Car breaks down, sitting in traffic, stuck in the snow. That's why it's good to keep some or all of these items in the trunk of your vehicle form December thru April. The most important are blankets, a shovel and a jump starter. 
 
"Then you want to carry things like non perishable foods. Things that will keep in your car for the winter," said Kimberly Smith, PennDot safety press officer. 
 
Smith showed Eyewitness News around her hatchback. What you see in the video might be overwhelming. 
 
"It's a side of precaution. Just like you might carry a first aid kit or a flashlight normally. Carry the extra things that you may need for the winter travel as well," said Smith. 
 
A full take of gas during the winter is key. PennDot recommends you leave more than half a tank at all times. They also say, never run your vehicle constantly if you're stuck because carbon monoxide can enter the car. 
 
If you have floor mats you can use them as traction to get you out of the situation. 
 
"It's nice to be prepared. Rather than wish you had been," said Denny Palmeter. 
 
Palmeter of Montoursville keeps his trunk filled year round. "As you can see there is no organization to it. I have a heavy duty blanket" he said. 
 
He also carries jumper cables and extra medication for his diabetes. Inside his car a flash light and "of course CDs if I get desperate."
 
Music might pass the time while your stuck but take the time now to clear your trunk from summer items and then "put the important things in there," said Smith. 
 
To learn more about PennDot's winter suggestions click here.
 


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