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30 October, 2013 - Peta Daniels Peta Daniels

Top Tips for Summer Car Hire!

Hot Summer's Day

With the summer season fast approaching, heading outdoors to embrace the warm weather is an ideal choice for many holidaymakers. The downside to the warm weather is the factor that our vehicles can heat up quickly and can sometimes feel like they are ablaze when we first get inside.

If you are planning on hiring a car this summer for your travel adventures, you will find that your vehicle will store many of your personal items when you are on the go.

A top tip we hope you keep in mind relates to the sweltering temperatures your vehicle can experience when stationary with the windows locked.

In addition to never leaving kids alone in the car (or animals - though most hire companies won't let you travel with pets!), be vigilant about your personal items that may be affected by extreme heat conditions.

Here are a few reminders we think are important to remember:

Keep Medication Safe

From your everyday over the counter headache tablets through to your asthma inhalers, all medication generally comes with a warning label about storing in a cool dry place. In most cases, it is recommended that they are not left in an area that may exceed 30 degrees Celsius.

So to ensure that your medication continues with achieving what it is supposed to do and it has not been affected by extreme heat conditions, it may be a good idea to carefully think about where you store your medication while on your travels.

Asthma Inhaler

Take Care of Drink Bottles

Many of us are guilty of refilling the plastic bottles that we purchased water in. Keep in mind that plastics do deteriorate and can do so in hot conditions. As there are various plastic bottles out there on the market, it may pay to always ensure you don't leave them in direct sunlight.

Don't forget to take care of all water and drink bottles - not just the plastic ones! Also, if you like to keep a bottle of water in your car, remember to change it regularly if you find you don't end up drinking from it for a while.

Plastic Water Bottle

Store Food in An Esky

Whether your trip is short or long, it pays to pack your food in an esky or cooler bag with a frozen storage ice block to help keep it fresh. When certain foods get warm, they may not be the best for you.

With a great range of cooler bag and esky options on the market, you are sure to find something to meet your travel needs.

Also, try to place your cooler bag or esky out of direct sunlight while travelling.

CRB Cooler Bag

Be Careful of Aerosols

Are you guilty of leaving a spray deodorant or other aerosol cans in the car glove box compartment? Take extra care with aerosols as they do come with a warning label about not storing them in certain environments as they are a pressurised container.


Read Labels to Be Sure

Directions and information on packaging is generally provided for your own safety. So always take a few minutes to locate the 'warning' labels on items you wish to store in your car to make certain there are no advices about keeping away from extreme heat.

Take care and enjoy your travels!