Have you ever accidentally left a Chapstick in your car during summer? How about a closed can of soda? In both situations, you know the results can be disastrous (and a big pain to clean up). Toyota of Orlando is here to help! There are certain things you should just never leave in a hot car, and today we’re talking just what those things are so you can avoid a big mess. After all, summer is here in Central Florida… so let’s get started!
What should you avoid leaving in a hot car?
Before we talk about things like Chapstick and sodas, let’s talk about some more obvious things you should never leave in a hot car – kids and pets. It may not seem that bad to you, but temperatures inside a vehicle can rise incredibly quickly due to the greenhouse effect. A matter of minutes can mean a life or death situation. NEVER leave children or pets in a car!
What else should you avoid leaving in a hot car? Here are some items to keep in mind:
- Medications: Heat can alter your medication and make it useless and/or dangerous, so always avoid leaving medicines of any type in your Orlando Toyota this summer.
- Crayons: Crayons are a good way to keep the kids (and yourself) occupied in the backseat on road trips, but they melt in the heat and are tough to clean up. Keep them in your bag!
- Electronics: You know how your phone will shut itself off if it gets too hot? Expensive electronics can be ruined in the heat and sun, so never leave them in your car for long periods of time.
- Lighters: Disposable lighters can actually explode in a hot car – this results in a dangerous situation that’s also a pain to clean up.
- Food: Food can spoil quickly in the heat, as well as melt and leak. You’ll end up with stains all over the place so invest in a cooler to keep things cold and contained!
- Plastic bottles: Don’t drink from a plastic bottle left in the car – the heat causes the plastic to release toxins into the liquid inside! (Not like you’d want to drink hot water, anyway).
- Makeup: This is pretty obvious – heat can ruin makeup and also cause things like lipstick and other gels or semi-solids to melt and leak everywhere. Avoid the headache and keep your makeup in the air conditioning!
- Prescription glasses: Heat can soften the frames of your glasses, which can affect the way they fit. It may not be a big deal for those dollar store sunglasses, but for your expensive and must-have prescription glasses, keep them cool.
- Aerosol items: Compressed aerosol cans – like hairspray – can easily explode in the heat. Take them inside with you ASAP!
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Want more tips from Toyota of Orlando on staying safe (and happy!) this summer? Come on down and see us – we’re open seven days a week at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!