Packing Your Car The Wrong Way Could Cost You

Packing your car may seem like an simple task, but doing it the wrong way could lead to disaster or even death.

In June, Highway Patrol says an unsecured cooler caused a car to land upside down in a corn field near D.H. Conley in Pitt County. In April of 2009, a 25 year-old woman was killed when her laptop loose in her car, hit her in the head in what authorities described as a low-impact fender-bender.

That's why AAA Carolinas and Consumer Reports say it is imperative to pack your car the correct way before a road trip. Even at low speeds, small objects can become dangerous missiles.

Experts advise people to put the heaviest items in your trunk or cargo area first and to make sure to balance the items with the best center of gravity.

Smaller items such as toys, electronics, and coolers should be secured under a seat or inside a tray. It's easiest to put soft items, like pillows on top.

Always check your owner's manual for loading and weight capacity information. Over-packing you're vehicle could also lead to danger.

Experts say make sure the driver's line of vision is not blocked. In order to test your packing job, experts say go to an open parking lot or empty drive way; drive slowly then hit the brakes to see if anything shifts.

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