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What not to leave in your car when it's freezing

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 By Dana Griffin



PROVIDENCE, RI- With freezing temps expected over the next few days, you might want to double check what you leave inside your car.

When a white blanket covers your car, it can become an ice box and damage what's inside.

Physicist, Dr. Robert LaMontagne says when temperatures get below 32-degrees, your can of soda will do what it does inside a freezer: explode.

Extremely cold temperatures can also tighten guitar strings, creating tension that may snap the neck.

Water based medication can also lose its effectiveness.

Items that are not water–based are normally safe in cold weather, like alcohol, credit cards, or lithium ion batteries in your laptop.

"In fact, you can often extend the life of the battery, and keep the charge longer by putting them in the freezer. But the displays now, are mostly liquid crystal displays. So you could do damage to the screen," said Dr. LaMontagne.

It only takes a few seconds in extreme weather to make a dramatic difference.

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