Five items you shouldn’t leave in a hot car – from water bottles to sun cream

Certain everyday objects could cause serious damage – even leading to a fire – if they are left out for too long in a car.

Studies have found that an outdoors temperature of 22 ° C can cause a car to heat up to 47 ° C in just one hour. This is called the greenhouse effect.

This heat could make everyday objects, that you usually wouldn’t give a second thought, a potential risk, and could damage your car as well as the objects themselves.

Car specialists at Select Car Leasing have revealed five of these objects that you should keep an eye out for when it’s hot so that you don’t have to worry about any damage costs this summer.

Bottled water

Bottled water could be a fire risk if left out in a hot car for too long.

This is because of the Bisphenol A and phthalates which are released in the plastic bottles.

The chemicals could create a magnifying effect which could burn your fabric car seats, according to Drew Anderson, a News Meteorologist from the US.

Soft drinks

Soft drinks could burst and spill in direct sunlight, which could cause damage to the interior of your car – but more worryingly could be a serious distraction if it happens while you’re driving.

Dog deodorant

Much like soft drinks, deodorant cans may explode if left in a hot car for too long due to the pressure build-up.

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Sun cream

If left in direct sunlight, sun cream has also been known to burst as the plastic may warp the bottle’s shape.

On top of this, leaving the cream in the heat may also have an effect on it’s shelf life, which will put you at a higher risk of skin damage.

Tech and gadgets

Tech could be irreparably damaged if they are left in direct sunlight for too long. The heat could cause the miniature circuit board to flex and warp the battery.

There is also a higher risk of theft if gadgets are left in the open, which could lead to a broken window or door lock.

How to avoid damage this summer

Graham Conway, General Manager at Select Car Leasing, recommends parking in the shade, saying “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 glove box or in your boot so they’re out of direct sunlight until you reach your destination.”

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