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Trunk check: Is your car ready for the most brutal part of winter?

AAA adds to be sure to replenish any depleted items as needed.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pop quiz: what’s in the trunk of your car? 10TV’s Clay Gordon sprung the question on several of our colleagues - and they have video evidence of what they found: a walking stick, a wagon and a unicorn laptop.

If you asked AAA, the safety experts would say some of our crew were missing critical items that can be life-saving, especially during the winter months.

Here’s a checklist:

  • Cell phone and car charger (glove compartment)
  • First-aid kit (glove compartment)
  • Blanket (luggage area)
  • Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets (some in glove compartment, the rest in the luggage area)
  • Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
  • Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors (luggage area)
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Jumper cables/jump pack
  • Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
  • Tarp, raincoat and gloves
  • Shovel

AAA adds to be sure to replenish any depleted items as needed.

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