Oh, the frigid days of winter make for some pretty miserable mornings, especially if you have to your car out from under a mountain of snow. But setting aside what's on your car in the morning, what about what's inside?
Turns out, colder temperatures mean that a few certain items should never stay inside a vehicle overnight--or you may risk losing them altogether. Read on for a list of important items to never leave in your car or trunk--even if it means making not-so-fun a last-minute run to the car at night to bring them inside!
- Your laptop. Laptops can get cold quickly, and frozen temps are a major no-no for these devices. You could easily weaken your battery and ruin an LCD screen--and you might even lose all your data. Talk about a risk not worth taking.
Your cell phone. Same goes for your phone, so always remember to bring it inside. Smartphones are typically intended to function properly in 32 to 95 degree temps, so keep yours close.
A soda. When temps hit 32 or lower, soda will start to freeze--and a frozen liquid can then exceed its container's capacity, resulting in an explosion that you're much better off avoiding. Don't learn that one the hard way.
A half-filled tank of gas. This one's a pain, but during the winter months, it's better to fill up frequently. Near-empty tanks can freeze, leading to ice in the fuel lines and other dangerous issues.
Medications. Freezing temperatures can cause pills to lose their potency; the same thing can happen with liquid medications.