Keep these items in your car in case of winter emergencies

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The plunging temperatures don’t seem so bad when you’re inside your nice toasty car. But if you run out of gas and heat while driving, it can become dangerous quickly. 

Wes Watt with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says you should always keep warm blankets or old jackets in the trunk. Watt also said always make sure to have a spare tire and that it’s aired up as well as a jack in case you get a flat. 

If you’re driving long distances, don’t wait a long time and let your gas levels get low because you never know if you could get stuck in traffic and run out. 

You can also keep bottled water and extra non perishable snacks in your car to be extra safe. Watt says it can be the difference between life or death. 

“It’ll make a huge difference. If you are stuck on the side of the road and it’s really cold, like it has been the last few days here, and your engine’s not running, you can’t keep the heat. What’re you going to do to keep warm? If you don’t have blankets or extra jackets or heavier jackets on, you you’re going to get cold and you’re going to get cold real quick.” 

Watt said these are simple things that people don’t think about a lot because we don’t need them often. But if you do need it, and you don’t have it, it can be dangerous.