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Things people leave in the car during summer – This is unbelievable

Everyone has those occasional absent-minded moments when they forget something in their car that they shouldn’t. These items can range from the comical, to the messy, to the extremely dangerous. In the summer time, rising heats can make for dangerous consequences when these mishaps occur. Here are some of the worst things people leave in the car during the summer:

Ice Cream

We’ve all done it. You go to the store to pick out your groceries, and then when you get home, one bag is left behind. Of course, it’s the one with the ice cream in it resulting in a melted, sticky mess.

Medication

Medications can be thrown in the car and left while you run another errand. Unfortunately, high heats can damage and alter the medications, which can be dangerous for your health.

Bottled Water

This may not seem like a big deal, but bottled water is known for having far more bacteria in it than water from your tap. Additionally, when the plastic gets hot, chemicals seep into the water which have been found to be carcinogenic. Make sure those bottles stay cool!

Raw Meat

Again, the groceries example comes to mind. While it’s true that meat can be cooked if it’s hot enough, the inside of your car is probably only going to get up to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s only enough to make things putrid, not cooked.

Electronics (phone, tablet, e-reader)

It can be easy to leave your electronics behind. Maybe you want them to charge while you’re at work, or maybe you just set them aside. The problem is the batteries on these devices need to stay below a certain temperature, otherwise they tend to malfunction. The same goes for motherboards, which can be damaged in high heat. Your device is already running at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit- it doesn’t take much to push it over the edge. Make sure you plan to keep phones, tablets and computers out of hot cars.

Pets

Unfortunately, people think they can leave their pets in the car for quick errands. This is very dangerous for them as temperatures rise quickly and can cause heat stroke. Just because an animal can’t tell you that it’s hot, is no excuse for leaving them within a vehicle. If it’s too hot for people, it’s too hot for animals too. If you have to travel with your pet, take your animals out of the car when you stop.

Children

Children should never be left in a car. Too often, you hear in the news about a careless parent that runs into a store, only to have their child die of heat stroke. It only takes a few minutes for a child to overheat, and they may not be able to work their belt or the car door handle to escape. This is the biggest no-no.

This summer, remember to check for everything you may leave behind. Like we said before, if you don’t, it may end up costing you.