For those who love to travel using their own car, this is for you. We all know that when we travel the number one we always grab is a bottled water. We need to drink water to keep us hydrated and to alleviate our thirst.
Although many of the bottled water we carry in transit do you know how dangerous it is to leave them in the car?
This is the story of Dioni Amuchastegui, a battery technician at Idaho Power in America. As he was eating his lunch he noticed smoke coming from his car. He thought they were just dust, but he made a mistake.
He approached his vehicle and discovered that the bottled water he had left inside caused the car to smoke. He said the sunlight was concentrating on the water bottle and there it started to smoke and burn. David Richardson of the Midwest City Fire Department in Oklahoma also said:
“The air temperature doesn’t matter. It works just like a magnifying glass, like one that you would use to burn leaves as a kid. It’s the same principle.”
He likens it to a scientific theory that when a leaf is pierced by sunlight in a magnifying glass it can burn. He explained that the water bottle acts as a magnifying glass and because it is also a plastic object it can quickly heat up and burn.
The worst of it is that your whole car can burn too.
This is a good reminder for everyone not to leave bottled water inside the vehicle. Being proactive especially for our safety should be first and foremost.