July 24, 2021, 9:20

    Twenty everyday things you should never leave in your car during the heatwave

    Twenty everyday things you should never leave in your car during the heatwave

    As the scorching weather continues and school holidays start just as lockdown restrictions were lifted in England, trips out are likely to increase.

    It can be easy to forget what's in your car if you're juggling multiple children and trying to keep cool but there are a number of things motorists could be wary about living behind.

    Tyre Runner has put together a list of 20 things from summer-specific items, everyday gadgets as well as food and drink, that should not be left in a vehicle.

    This list is a must-check before you head out, according to the Daily Record.

    The lenses of glasses can act as a magnifying glass and actually cause a fire
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    20 things you should never leave in your car

    (Sun)glasses If you wear glasses solely to drive, it does make sense to keep them in the car, but be careful, as the lenses can act as a magnifying glass and actually cause a fire. Plastic frames can melt and warp in the heat, and if you have metal framed specs, don’t be in a hurry to put them on if they’ve been in the car, they could be hot enough to burn you.

    Sun cream – the active ingredients in sun cream can break down in high temperatures, reducing the efficacy of the protection, so should not be left in the car for prolonged periods of time. Instead, sun cream should be stored in a cool, dry place.

    Damp beach items such as swimsuits and towels – Dump your swimming gear or towels damp from a day at the beach in your car, and you’re creating a breeding ground for infection inducing yeast and bacteria.

    Electronics – leaving your electronics in your car on a warm day can cause damage to the devices . Heat can affect mechanisms, such as batteries and processing chips, in your electronics, so keep them on your person where possible, or at home for added security.

    Handbag / wallet – Bags are also very attractive to thieves as they’re likely to contain credit cards, cash, mobile phones and other valuables. Full of high-touch items, they’re also a breeding ground for bacteria which is massively amplified in warm conditions. We don’t tend to worry about catching anything nasty from our own handbag, but it’s a distinct possibility if it’s sat in a warm car.

    Bags are very attractive to thieves and a breeding ground for bacteria
    (Image: Getty Images/EyeEm)

    Aerosols (pressurised canisters) Pressurised canisters are a real no-no in the car, so if you have deodorant at the ready for after the gym, or hair spray for a quick spritz on the way to work, then you need to change your routine as they can literally explode if the temperature rises and pressure starts to build up inside the canister.

    Lighters Smokers should be very careful about leaving cigarette lighters in the car, they’re a real fire hazard if left in the sun. It can be tempting to throw them on the dashboard or an empty passenger seat but it’s much safer to put it in your pocket so it leaves the car with you.

    Batteries Whether it’s a new set you’ve bought, or old batteries removed and dumped in the car, you need to be cautious as batteries can leak in high temperatures. Battery acid is toxic and it can also damage the interior of your vehicle.

    Plants – Even mild temperatures can kill some plants within hours, causing them dehydration and stress. If you have multiple errands to run, save buying plants for the last stop of the drive so that you can bring them inside as soon as possible. Keep shaded and cool whilst in the car.

    Make-up – Some make-up products, such as lipsticks, will melt at temperatures above room temperature. Lotions and liquid, cream or oil-based products can also start to break down in high temperatures, so should not be left in your car, especially in warm weather.

    Bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses double every 20 minutes at room temperature and even faster in the heat
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    Candles – As with crayons, candles can melt in high temperatures, and those in a glass container are quite dangerous as they can shatter if exposed to excess heat.

    Food In the summer months, many foods become dangerous to eat after quite a short period of time. Don’t risk food poisoning, buy your food when you’re at your destination if you’re going to be travelling a long way by car. Bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses double every 20 minutes at room temperature and even faster in the heat.

    Drinks Heat causes alcohol to evaporate and it can also cause wine corks to pop. Fizzy drink cans may explode if they get too hot, and exposure to the sun can affect the flavour of many beverages. Drinks just don’t travel well so you’re much better off buying what you need when you arrive.

    Plastic bottles – high temperatures can cause plastic bottles to deteriorate, causing a release of a toxic chemicals (BPA and phthalates) that can disrupt normal hormone function. These are associated with health conditions such as cancer and heart disease, so drinking from a plastic bottle which has been left in your car can be deadly.

    Hand sanitiser – Hand sanitiser has become a staple item during lockdown – however, if alcohol-based, hand sanitiser can become a fire risk in hot weather. Also, as alcohol evaporates quickly in direct sunlight, warm weather may also impact the actual effectiveness of the product, leaving you at risk.

    When dogs are very hot panting isn’t always enough to stop them from overheating, and this can be lethal
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    Medication – high humidity and temperatures can make medication less effective which can cause a life-threatening situation if medication is essential or for emergencies.

    Children – children left alone in cars are at risk for hypothermia (losing heat) and hyperthermia (overheating) as they cannot regulate their body temperature as quickly as adults. A young child stuck in a hot car can deteriorate quickly and die within minutes, so should never be left in a car alone – not even for a minute while you quickly pop into the shop.

    Art supplies If the kids love to draw in the car, to keep themselves entertained on a long journey, you should count crayons in and out of the car as one dropped on the floor can melt and cause an awful mess on your carpet that’s really tricky to remove.

    Your pets – pets should not be left alone in a vehicle. Dogs mainly control their body temperature by panting – however, when they are very hot this panting isn’t always enough to stop them from overheating, and this can be lethal.

    Pet food – Just like human food, pet food will spoil if it gets too hot, so keep this in mind when you’re packing pet food for a journey, or you could end up with a pet with an upset tummy in your car.

    A Tyre Runner spokesman said: "Now that restrictions are easing, many people are planning to travel out of their local area to make the most of the holidays.

    "However, after our drive our vehicles can end up packed full of rubbish, stuff we’ve forgotten about, or items we think might come in handy sometime.

    “We hope this information provides insightful for drivers across the country – please do keep this advice in mind on your next road-trip, whether that be popping to the local shops or travelling slightly further afield to make the most of the upcoming bank holiday weekend."

    "While for the most part it’s just a case of making your car look a mess, several items can actually be very dangerous if left in your car, and some of these might surprise you."

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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