Winter is so cold, all you want to do is get out of the car and into your house fast. Right? It’s so cold that often we grab our priority stuff and then consider wagering a trek outdoors later to gather the rest.
My lesson of what not to leave in my vehicle during the winter season has been engraved in my mind forever. After the incidents, and the cleanup, let’s just say, ‘Lesson Learned.’ So before you discover the fierce reality of messes you might find in your car, let me rescue you ahead.
The harsh winters can affect you in a lot more ways than one, and if you’re running errands or going shopping, it might make a lot of sense to brush up on these tips to remember. Keep reading to discover the 5 things you should never leave in your car during the winter.
For those still saying, ‘ain’t me’, if you put anything in your car, you are already at risk. Be open-minded especially if you’re fond of your car seats and everything inside. I don’t think anyone wants to spend anytime trying to salvage the interior of their car in the cold.
5 Things to Never Leave in your Car During The Winter Season
The wind is howling, your hands are filled with your purse, keys and phone, take cover. No, don’t leave anything in your car, there’s a great chance you are coming back to a mess! Please, rewind this scene.
Before you do, remember the day you walked off the lot in your new Nissan Rogue SUV from your local car dealership. How great did your car smell? The interior was pristine and you promised yourself, you would take the best care EVER of this car.
Fast forward to the snow, cold, rain, ice. Now you don’t seem to have the same feelings do you? It’s blustery, and crappy outside, and yet you know no to leave certain things behind. How do you keep your car clean, fresh and safe from interior disasters? Don’t leave these 5 things in your car this winter season and you might escape unscathed.
Trust me on this, been there, had these things happen and ugh, is all I can utter over and over. If you could see what I had to deal with, you too, would shake your head. Never again, lesson learned.
A can of soda, or any other beverage actually, is an absolute no-no to have in your car during the winter. If you’ve accidentally left your can of soda in the freezer, you probably know why.
The thing is, carbonated beverages and cold temperatures don’t go very well together- when subjected to extremely cold temperatures, the frozen liquid will exceed the capacity of its container, causing the container to burst out- so don’t be surprised if you find the cola exploding in your car!
One of my most epic mom fails ever. Please heed to this rule of no soda ever left in the car.
Canned foods are a huge plus for most of us because of their long shelf life, but don’t forget to take them out of your car after your trip to the grocery store.
According to the USDA, the canned foods might explode when subjected to lower temperatures- just like your can of soda, or at least, the seal will break and your food inside might spoil.
Another tidbit, albeit not canned goods are eggs. Eggs, will freeze, crack and leave you with a mess beyond anything you have ever seen or imagined. There’s no good cleanup either. Hope you like your eggs wet and sticky!
Cellphones, laptops and most other electronic devices tend to get cold pretty quick, which is exactly why you shouldn’t leave them in your car. When subjected to extremely cold temperatures, they can freeze.
The result is that you’ll end up having horrible battery life on your device, or possibly even cause damage to your device’s screen.
Smartphones that freeze often don’t power up the same. The same principal when they get too hot. In fact, I’ve had both extremes and totally get disgusted either way. So, just keep your phone with you, end of story.
Just like everything else, medications are also susceptible to be no longer effective when they’re not stored at the ideal temperature. A lot of commonly used drugs can lose their effectiveness when they are stored in extremely low temperatures.
Therefore, leaving your medicine box in the car is an absolute no-no. Have a little pouch handy and carry your meds along with you. Now, let me remind you as well, that your Epi-Pens, used for allergies does not like temperature extremes and can fail when needed.
Whether it is a can of spray paint or your favorite hairspray, make sure you do not leave any aerosol cans lying around in your car when the temperatures are down. This is because most of these cans are pressurized, and are sensitive to temperature.
Honestly, we are guilty of this, because with boys that play ice hockey, tennis and basketball, the stench is often unbearable. Now, the truth in the madness is that when exposed to extreme heat or cold, aerosols get damaged. In fact, they can crack and/or explode, and that’s the last thing you would want happening on the inside of your car.
Now that you have this list, use it. Stick to it. Don’t make the foolish mistakes I have made. Learn from them, use them to up your keeping your car savvy game and enjoy your clean ride! ~ Dana XO
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