• SPONSORED: Learn what NOT to keep inside a hot car this summer


    Summer is here, which means that things are really heating up outside. Toyota of N Charlotte wants to help you stay safe and stress-free as the temperatures rise, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make it through summer. Learn what you should never leave in a hot car!

    Toyota of N Charlotte has safety tips for your summer

    First things first – this may seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating for safety’s sake. NEVER leave children or pets inside of a hot car. It may seem relatively cool out, but the greenhouse effect can escalate the temperature inside a vehicle very, very quickly. This can lead to serious injury or even death in children and animals. Always take them inside with you when you reach your destination, or make other arrangements for them.

    Avoid leaving these items inside a hot car

    Here are a few other things our N Charlotte Toyota dealership recommends always removing from a hot car:

    Makeup: Makeup will quickly melt in a hot car, rendering it useless and also possibly staining your interior. Save yourself the time and money – makeup can be costly – and take your makeup inside with you, or leave it at home.

    Crayons: Just like makeup, crayons can melt in high temperatures. They’re great for a road trip, but be sure to stow them inside your purse or diaper bag when you get out of the car to avoid a costly mess.

    Eyeglasses and sunglasses: Did you know that leaving your eyeglasses and sunglasses in a hot car can cause the frames to warp? This is a big deal if you have expensive prescription glasses. Our N Charlotte Toyota dealership recommends always keeping your glasses with you rather than risking them in the heat.

    Bottled water: Plastic water bottles actually leech chemicals into the water in high heat, contaminating your water. Keep your water elsewhere, and dispose of any bottles that have been left in the car.

    Canned, carbonated drinks: Canned, carbonated drinks become time bombs in a hot vehicle. They’ll explode at some point, spraying your interior with sticky liquid. Remove them and store them in a cool place.

    Electronics: Heat can actually damage electronics like phones, cameras, tablets, and laptops, costing you a ton of money in repairs or replacements. Toyota of N Charlotte recommends finding another home for your electronic devices.

    Candy and gum: Candy and gum can melt in high temperatures, damaging the inside of your N Charlotte Toyota with stains.

    Pens: Did you know that pens can explode in high temperatures, spraying ink on your interior? Keep them in your purse or pocket!

    Disposable lighters: Disposable lighters can also explode in high temperatures, which can be very dangerous (after all the liquid inside is extremely flammable). Never leave them in a hot car!

    Want more tips? Toyota of N Charlotte is here to help you make it through summer… call us today at (888) 883-3797! 

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