20 Things You Should Never Leave in Your Car During Winter
Cold weather can wreak havoc on items left in your car. Don't risk damage or compromised security by leaving these things in your car over the winter.
You know you shouldn’t leave your pets in the car in the summer, but the same is true during the winter months. The interior temperature of your vehicle can cool to the outside temperature quickly, leaving pets at risk. These 11 household items are seriously hazardous to your pets.
Aerosol cans, such as those that contain hairspray or spray paint, shouldn’t be kept in extremely cold conditions. Exposure to either heat or cold temperatures can destabilize the pressurized cans. Cold can make the cans crack or even explode. Get familiar with these 10 things about spray painting before you start.
If you have important documents, such as tax forms, bank statements or mail you need to shred, make it a priority and don’t leave them in your car. The potential exposure of your important personal information makes you vulnerable to identity theft.
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Don’t expose eggs to extreme cold as they can freeze in their shells and then crack. If this happens, toss them. You’re likely storing these ten foods all wrong.
Extreme cold can adversely affect musical instruments. At best, the cold air will cause them to go out of tune. At worst, it can cause some instruments, particularly those made of wood, to shrink and even crack, according to The Real School of Music.
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Researchers at Harvard University and Northeastern University found that thieves steal between 300,000 and 600,000 firearms in the U.S. each year. Cars provide a bright example of where to avoid keeping valuables. Thieves can easily jimmy doors open and break windows. Whenever possible, keep guns locked up some place other than your vehicle.
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The USDA notes canned goods can freeze and expand just like soda and beer. This expansion can break the seal and cause the food to spoil. According to the USDA, “A frozen can that has not thawed can be safely defrosted in the refrigerator and used. If the canned food is still frozen, let the intact can thaw in the refrigerator before opening. If the product doesn’t look and/or smell normal, throw it out. Do not taste it!”
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Medications can keep you healthy, but only when stored properly. Low temperatures can affect some drugs. If you visit a pharmacy in the winter months, don’t leave your medications in the car. If you’re not going right home, carry them in a purse, backpack or pocket. Never leave these 12 things in your car during the summer.
Passport or License
Any time of the year, you should think of your personal information just like you would valuables. If a thief gets their hands on your passport or driver’s license, it can make identity theft extremely easy. Never do these 10 things to your car.
Children and the elderly can more easily succumb to cold-temperature related issues such as hypothermia. Never leave people in the car, as the inside temperature can drop quickly. Once you get home, warm up a room fast with these 16 ideas.
Try not to leave your glasses in the car, as both heat and cold can affect the frames. Extreme cold can cause the frames to snap. Did you know bifocal safety glasses are available?
A Gas Tank on Low
To help keep your fuel lines from freezing, keep your tank more than half full during the winter. You can also use a fuel-line antifreeze to keep lines from freezing over during extremely cold spells. Never do these 10 things when pumping gas.
Not only can electronics be stolen if left in a vehicle, but items such as laptops and tablets don’t like extreme temperatures. The cold can affect the device’s battery life and damage processors. In addition, if you have personal information stored on your device, identity theft can become an issue if stolen.
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Like with many other medications, cold temperatures can cause insulin to lose its effectiveness. Keep insulin in a backpack or purse, not in your car.
Credit and Debit Cards
Think of your credit and debit cards just like cash. Never keep the cards in your car, as they become a target for thieves. The last thing you want to deal with is a stolen credit card with unauthorized charges. Check out these 15 credit card perks you probably didn’t know existed.