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Seven everyday items you should never leave in a hot car
2021-07-16 11:43:00
The UK is set for another heatwave this weekend and, with soaring temperatures expected to last for the rest of the month, a warning has been sounded about the everyday objects left in cars that could be a hazard on a hot day. The feeling of getting inside a car that has been parked in the sun is unpleasant enough, but what many motorists do not realise is that the heat build-up can cause damage to all manner of items – and could even set fire to your vehicle. Graham Conway, general manager at Select Car Leasing, recommends avoiding direct sunlight where possible when parking. Read more: Full list of green and amber holiday destinations you can travel to with TUI “In the UK, it’s easy to overlook the dangers of leaving objects in our cars in summer, especially when you think other countries experience much warmer weather, but that does not mean there’s no risk,” he said. “Parking in the shade will best protect your car, and its contents, from the summer sun. If you do happen to leave any vulnerable objects in your car when you’re out on a journey, store the items in your glovebox or in your boot so they’re out of direct sunlight until you reach your destination.” To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here Select Car Leasing has listed seven ordinary objects that motorists should never leave in a hot car. 1 Bottled water It might be best to remove your bottled water from the car (Image: Art-Of-Photo) Unlikely as it sounds, your bottled water can pose a fire risk. While it is widely known that warming a plastic bottle can cause chemicals such as Bisphenol A and phthalates to be released into water when left in a warm environment for a sustained period of time, Select Car Leasing also found that water bottles pose a fire risk, with the plastic and water filtering light just like a magnifying glass, concentrating the sun’s rays enough to burn the fabric of your car seats. This was discovered by Drew Anderson, a 69 News Meteorologist in the US, when he left his clear water bottle on the passenger seat of his car and came back to see the sun had been hitting at just the right angle to burn a hole in the front seat of his vehicle. 2 Suncream Suncream's effectiveness could be reduced by leaving it in a hot vehicle (Image: Emma Kin/Getty Images) Suncream can become less effective if left in a hot car and the bottles have been known to explode in warm environments. Not only can the plastic warp in a high heat, warming the cream can actually alter its shelf life, meaning you could be going without valuable UV protection and risk damaging your skin. 3 Medicines A warm vehicle is not the place to keep medicines A warm vehicle can make medicine and tablets less effective. Plastic capsules can change shape and the heat can affect the efficiency of the medication you are taking. The NHS website advises that most medicines are to be kept in a cool, dry place unless otherwise stated. 4 Mobile phone Mobile phones and other gadgets are vulnerable to heat, as well as thieves, if left in cars (Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire) Heat can cause irreparable damage to your mobile phone. Gadgets like iPads, mobile phones and other tablets are not only a target for thieves but they are also vulnerable to heat. Leaving battery-powered devices in a hot car can permanently damage the gadgets’ internal components, causing the miniature circuit board to flex and warp the battery. It can also damage screens, causing them to pixelate, crack and become unresponsive. 5 Soft drinks It's best to keep soft drink cans out of direct sunlight (Image: Publicity Picture) Soft drink cans may burst and spill. Even when not left in

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