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Winter is here, and with it comes harsh weather conditions. While we focus on staying warm and preparing for the season, it’s also important to consider what we leave in our cars. Some items can be negatively affected by the extreme cold, leading to inconvenience or even damage. To help you avoid potential regrets, here are the things you should never leave in your car during the winter months!
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Items like smartphones, laptops, and tablets are susceptible to freezing temperatures. Extreme cold can drain their batteries and possibly cause irreversible damage. So, it’s best to carry them with you or store them in insulated bags when not in use.
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Certain medications can lose their effectiveness or become harmful when exposed to cold temperatures. Avoid leaving medications, especially those needing refrigeration, in your car. Bring them inside with you whenever possible.
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Drinks in cans or glass bottles
Liquids expand when frozen, including canned or bottled beverages. If you leave them in the car, they can burst and make a mess. So, opt for insulated containers or keep them inside your home.
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Musical instruments, like guitars or violins, can suffer damage due to extreme temperature changes. Don’t leave them in your car for long periods, as changes in humidity and temperature can result in warping or cracking.
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Cosmetics and toiletries
Items like makeup, lotions, and liquid toiletries can freeze and break their containers. It’s best to bring them indoors or carry them with you when you’re not using them during the winter months.
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Documents like passports, birth certificates, or insurance papers should not be left in your car during winter. Cold temperatures can damage fragile papers or make them hard to read. So, store them safely in your home.
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Foods that can spoil
If you’re carrying perishable food items in your car, be cautious during colder months. Freezing temperatures can spoil some foods, especially those that need refrigeration. Bring these items home or avoid leaving them in the car for a long period of time.
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Cold temperatures can cause plants to wither, freeze, or die. Avoid leaving potted plants in your car during winter, as they can suffer irreversible damage due to extreme cold.
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Beverages in plastic bottles
Similar to canned or glass drinks, plastic bottles can also burst when frozen. Don’t leave them in your car, especially if they contain carbonated drinks.
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Cold temperatures can affect pet food, treats, and medicines, potentially compromising their quality or effectiveness. Store them in a safe, warm place indoors instead.
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Batteries have reduced performance in extreme cold, leading to decreased power or even failure. Avoid leaving battery-powered devices like flashlights or portable chargers in your car for long periods.
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Valuables such as jewelry or expensive items should not be left in your car during the winter season. Cold weather can attract thieves, and leaving valuable items visible in your car can make it a target.
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Musical tapes or cassettes
Older music formats like tapes or cassettes can become brittle and break in low temperatures. So, if you have any cherished cassettes, keep them safe indoors.
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Car seat belts and safety restraints
Don’t leave seat belts or child restraint systems in your car during winter, as low temperatures can make them stiffer and less effective in an emergency.
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Aerosol cans, like deodorants or sprays, have the potential to freeze and expand. They may explode when subjected to freezing temperatures, so it’s best to store them indoors.