Don't Store These in a Cold Vehicle

Cold weather can wreak havoc on items left in your vehicle. Don't risk damage or compromised security by leaving these things in your car over the winter.

Medicines and drugs can change chemically if they freeze, especially those in liquid forms like insulin, eye drops, and cough syrup.

It can be tempting to leave bottled water in the cup holders. The problem comes when bottled water freezes and expands. That can fracture the plastic. When things thaw out, guess where the water goes?

Ditto for soda or other beverages. Cans and bottles can freeze and burst. Then you're in for a mess!

Don't leave your cell phones or computers in a frozen vehicle. Many use lithium ion batteries and charging them at temperatures below freezing can ruin them.

And finally, if someone in your family plays a musical instrument, it's not a good idea to leave it in freezing temperatures. The most significant danger, believe it or not, may be when you try to warm an instrument up too fast; it can crack the wood in a guitar, for example. Or, if you let a wind instrument freeze that still has moisture inside it, the resulting ice can cause damage to the pads and keys.

Take the time to take these things inside. The little extra time it takes may help you avoid many big headaches later. Remember to take your vehicle to Eureka Brake & Automotive for an inspection to make sure it's up to the demands of the coming winter.

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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant