Here are 8 things you shouldn’t keep in your car in extreme cold

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New Jersey is experiencing a polar vortex, which brought dangerously cold temperatures.

“USA Today” says that when temperatures get this cold there are certain items that should never be left inside a vehicle. Those items include: phones, canned soda or beer, musical instruments, eggs, canned foods, medication, loved ones and a low gas tank.

The paper says that phones and similar electronics are vulnerable to the cold and can stop working.

The contents in soda or beer and canned foods expand when they freeze, which could lead to an explosion or leakage. This could potentially cause an injury.

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Frozen eggs that crack should be thrown away. Musical instruments can go out of tune if they get too cold. Extreme temperatures may also impact the effectiveness of medication.

And as for a low gas tank?

“You do not want to be stranded in a vehicle when the wind chills are -15 or -20 degrees and the car is not running,” says Meteorologist James Gregorio.

Not leaving loved ones – whether it be people or pets – inside a car should be self-explanatory. But the extreme temperatures may lead to hypothermia or even death.

So what should one have inside their vehicle when temperatures become dangerous?

Firestone says drivers should have jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, snacks, water and a first aid kit.

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