During these cold weather conditions it is important to be aware of what you leave in your car when the temperature begins dropping way below zero.
Although it may seem warmer in your car after you turn it off when you’ve had the heat on, it’s easy to forget how cold you car will become within the hour.
Here are some items to never leave in your car during these freezing weather coniditons:
Bottled water– A standard 16.9-ounce bottle of water can freeze in as few as 30 to 45 minutes when the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The water expands as it turns to ice and can crack the plastic bottle, leaving you with a wet mess to clean up when it melts.
Canned and bottle soda– Soda is mostly water, so it poses the same risk as a frozen bottle of water except when soda expands and explodes inside of a can or bottle after being frozen, you will be in for an even bigger and stickier mess. A can or bottle of soda can withstand cold temperatures for a bit longer than water because the sugar content lowers the freezing point.
Cell phones and computers– Many of today’s technology contains lithium-ion batteries, which aren’t designed to endure the cold. Repeated freezing and thawing can cause condensation inside the unit, shortening its lifespan and ultimately may ruin your device all together.
Drugs and medication– Many over-the-counter medications lose their effectiveness when they are exposed to extremely cold weather for longer periods of time, especially insulin or other drugs that are in a liquid suspension, including eye drops and cough syrup.
Canned goods– Most canned vegetables and fruits are packed in water so in cold weather, even if the can remains intact, the seals could break. This also could allow bacteria to get into the can and spoil the food.
Beer and wine– Although there is alcohol content in beer and wine there is not enough alcohol to prevent the liquids from freezing. Although it takes longer, wine will freeze at around 23 degrees, and beer at around 21 degrees fahrenheit.
A low gas tank– Keeping a fuel tank more than half-full helps to prevent fuel lines from freezing. It’s also a good idea to check fluids, such as antifreeze.
Eggs– When eggs freeze, the shells will often crack, allowing germs to enter the eggs and cause them to spoil. Even if the shells do not appear to be cracked, eggs that have been frozen won’t look or taste like you’re used to. The yolks will end up becoming thick and don’t mix well with other ingredients.