If you’re like me, you like to keep a small supply of essentials in your car so you’re prepared for anything that comes your way. When the weather gets hot that’s when things start to get overheated and things start to melt. That emergency candy bar in your glove box becomes an ooey gooey mess. So what’s safe to keep in your car during the blazing months of summer? With that in mind we’ve put together a list of the top things you definitely shouldn’t leave in your car once the weather gets hot.
- Kids or pets - This should go without saying, but you should never, ever leave kids or pets in a hot car. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the temperature of a car can climb 20 degrees in 10 minutes and kid’s core temperatures rise 3-5 times faster than adults. Heatstroke can even occur in the shade, with the windows down and even at temperatures as low as 57 degrees. Your furry friends are no different.
- Drinks - Most major soft drinks and bottled waters are a type of plastic that will release harmful chemicals that according to a study by the University of Florida. So if your water or soda is hot in the car, just throw it away! Consider using a refillable stainless steel or glass water bottle. On top of that, by using a reusable container you’re being more environmentally friendly too!
- Athletic gear - Leaving your sweaty gym clothes and sneakers in the car can give your car a funk on a regular day but you can multiply that funk by ten when the weather is sweltering. That funk is actually bacteria and the combination of heat and the moisture from your sweat make that bacteria multiply faster.
- Snacks - Like that previously mentioned emergency candy bar, it’s always good to have a little something to snack on in the car. Rather than something that would melt, stick with snack food like chips, pretzels, crackers or nuts that won’t be affected by the heat inside your car. If you’re going somewhere with refrigerated items in hot weather, make sure to pack a cooler with some ice so you can keep it cool as long as possible.
- Cell phone - If you leave your cell phone on the dashboard of your car on a hot day, you may permanently damage your phone. Cell phone electronics are sensitive to extreme hot and cold weather and the functionality of your cell phone battery may also be permanently impaired.
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