Things Heat Up Quick!

When receiving direct sunlight, your car heats up faster than an HBO pilot or episode of Game of Thrones. Experts say that on an 86-degree day, 30 minutes is all it takes for your car’s interior to reach temps of 112 degrees or more, and it could get as high as 140 degrees. At temperatures like that, it doesn’t take long for your furry friend or child to burn up, but beyond that, there are other things you shouldn’t leave in a hot car.


Sometimes you want to just disconnect, but if you’re going to leave your phone in the car you might want to consider throwing it in the trunk. That’s because your device already generates a fair amount of heat and leaving it in a hot car can damage your battery or your SoC (System on Chip or your phone’s processor). And if your SoC gets permanently damaged, it could affect your phone’s speed and/or operation. 


Some medications are very sensitive to temperature, and if they are exposed to high temperatures they could be rendered useless. So if you or someone you know carries an EpiPen, caution them against keeping it in their car.


I’ve been told that lipstick melts pretty easily, meaning that’s a quick $10 or $20 down the drain — let alone any other cosmetics that tend to melt. 

Disposable Lighters

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that a lighter in 140-plus degree environment is asking for trouble. Just bring it with you. 


There’s a reason it’s a wine cellar and not a wine sun-room. A few hours in a hot car can change the flavor of your prized vino, and you wouldn’t want that, would you?


Sunscreen, ironically, doesn’t much care for the sun. If left to sit in the heat for long periods of time, it can actually begin to degrade and lose its effectiveness. 

Canned Soda 

What can easily roll under the seat can also easily explode and cause a sticky mess. The aluminum conducts heat and can create more excitement in an already pressurized environment, so don’t keep canned carbonated beverages in your car – unless you want to drive a mobile ant farm. 

What are your thoughts? Have you ever ruined something by leaving it in a hot car? If so, what happened? Let us know in the comments below!

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