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Five things to not leave in your car during extreme cold

Automotive experts warn to take extra care of your vehicle during extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW file) Automotive experts warn to take extra care of your vehicle during extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW file)
Starting your car and letting it run a few minutes before you drive helps keep it running better in extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW/file) Starting your car and letting it run a few minutes before you drive helps keep it running better in extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Automotive experts warn to take extra care of your vehicle in extreme cold weather.

One of the most noticeable impacts from the cold is on tires. Just a 10 degrees drop in temperatures can reduce your tire pressure by about a pound of air.

If you haven't check those tires in the last month, with the recent cold weather drop, you could be down maybe four or five pounds of pressure. Low pressure could make it harder to drive around potholes and make it difficult to keep control of your car if you hit black ice.

Batteries not starting are also keeping automotive shops busy. Car owners are advised to check batteries, connections and watch for corrosion under the hood.

Even if you're not driving, it it's a good idea to start it and let it run for a few minutes every day and always let it warm up a few minutes before you drive it.

Five things to not leave in your car during bitter cold:
  • Electronics: Not only will the cold drain the battery on your phone or computer, it can also cause damage. Exposure to frigid temperatures can make the device's hardware brittle and can result in cracked screens. There is also a risk for condensation, which can cause permanent problems, if a device is brought from extreme cold to the warmth.
  • Certain foods: Frozen cans of food, can swell and even burst. Eggs should not be frozen. Freezing baby formula can cause separation.
  • Anything carbonated: What happens when cans of pop freeze? They can explode. Soda freezes between 30 degrees and 32 degrees, so check for that old can of Coke rolling around in your car. Beer freezes at 27 degrees.
  • Medication: Prescription and over-the-counter medications can lose potency from both hot and cold weather. Insulin, seizure medications and anticoagulants need to be handled with special care.
  • Your keys: This one may seem silly, but stay with me. If you leave your car keys out in cold weather, your car may not start.
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