Warm weather is upon us and we’ve already experienced some of the hot weather that awaits us. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, temperatures inside a parked vehicle can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit very quickly. On a 95 degree Fahrenheit day, a car’s interior can heat up to 181 degrees or more.

Obviously, we must never leave children or pets in a parked car. The same, however, can be said for other things. The experts at Tysons Auto Specialties recommend that drivers make sure the following items are not left in their cars:

  • Milk and other dairy products.
  • Anything packaged under pressure, like hair spray or soda pop.
  • Tapes, CDs, or DVDs.
  • Sunscreen in a bottle. (Buy little packets or towelettes.)
  • Crayons, candy, gum, make-up.
  • Credit cards or other cards with magnetic strips on plastic.
  • Cleaning solutions with alcohol or ammonia.

When you return from the store, check the area where you carried your groceries to be sure that nothing has fallen out of your bags or boxes. It doesn’t take long for items to spoil or melt.

Cars can heat up as much as 30 degrees per minute when parked in the direct sunlight.

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