Drivers warned of everyday items you should NEVER leave in a hot car

AS UK temperatures are expected to rise and remain for the rest of May, drivers prepare for sticky and stifling car journeys.

While many of us are familiar with how unpleasant hot cars can be, fewer realise the heat build-up in a car’s interior can cause damage to a manner of everyday objects.

When the sun’s energy enters the car and begins to heat solid objects, it begins to create what is called a greenhouse effect.

Studies have found that an outdoors temperature of 22°C can cause a car to heat up to 47°C in the space of an hour.

When objects are left in such a stifling heat it can cause damage to them and potentially your car.

To help, here's five objects that drivers should never leave in a hot car.

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Your bottled water poses as a fire risk

It's commonly known that warming a plastic bottle causes chemicals such as Bisphenol A and phthalates to be released in the water, even in temperatures like those inside a hot car in summer.

However, it has also been found that water bottles pose as a fire risk.

Plastic and water filters like a magnifying glass, concentrating the sun's rays into an energy beam that can burn your fabric car seats.

This was discovered in Drew Anderson, a 69 News Meteorologist in the US, when he left his clear water bottle on the passenger seat of his car and came back to see the sun had been hitting the bottle at the right angle to burn a hole in the front seat of his vehicle. 

Sun cream can become less effective if left in a hot car

Sun cream bottles have been known to explode in warm environments.

Not only can the plastic warp it's shape if left in direct sunlight, warming the cream can actually alter the shelf life of the cream, meaning you could be going without valuable UV protection and risk damaging your skin. 

Soft drink cans can burst and spill

Even when not left in direct sunlight, heat applied to compressed cans of soft drink can cause them to explode.

Although it's little more than a nasty mess most of the time, it could cause enough distraction to cause an accident if it burst while you're behind the wheel. 

Deodorant cans will explode if left in a hot car

It's best practice to take any aerosol cans out of your car when the weather warms.

A study found that temperatures of 22°C outside can generate temperatures of up to 47°C inside a car in as little as an hour.

An environment that hot can cause the pressure inside the canister to increase and potentially burst. 

Heat can cause irreparable damage to your gadgets

Gadgets like iPads, mobile phones or other tablets are not only a target for thieves if left in a car, but they're also vulnerable to heat.

Leaving battery-powered devices in a hot car can permanently damage the gadget's internal components, causing the miniature circuit board to flex and warp the battery.

It can also damage screens, causing them to pixelate, crack and become unresponsive. 

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