Don’t Leave These In the Car…They Can Kill!
Even everyday items, if neglected or misused, could be life-threatening. You might absent-mindedly leave these things in the car but if you care for your car, your safety and that of others, DON’T.
1. Plastic bottles
A water-filled plastic bottle doesn’t sound/look very dangerous, does it?
Well, it seems to be common “knowledge” now that if you leave a plastic bottle of water in the car for a long while, the chemical from the plastic will leach into the water.
Another thing, it’s always sunny in Malaysia. A water-filled bottle could act as a magnifying glass, intensifying the sunlight that passes through, setting upholstery or any other flammable material in the car on fire. Don’t mess with the sun.
You might think it’s so handy to leave your medication in the glove compartment, for whenever you need it. Read the label and there’s probably something about storage temperature. Did you know that a parked car under the scorching Malaysian sun could cause the car’s interior to spike up to 160-degree Celcius? That’s hot enough to cook an egg and spoil the medication, making it unfit for consumption.
And for the asthmatics, DON’T ever, and we mean NEVER, leave your inhaler in your car or…*KA-BOOM!*
3. Aerosol Bottle
Remember that viral story of the Honda lady who sprayed the repossession agent with Ridsect. Who knew that Ridsect can help you “chase away” cockroaches as well as repo agents.
But, don’t follow her example, kay? Because you shouldn’t keep Ridsect or any other aerosol bottle in the car (and you shouldn’t buy a car you can’t afford). Regardless of whether it is insect repellent, air freshener or perfume, if it’s an aerosol, please leave it outside the car.
A lady in Arizona had to be rushed to hospital after an aerosol bottle exploded in her face while she was driving. Similar incidents have been reported in Malaysia too…
4. Self-defence Weapons & Tools
The possession of a gun is against the law UNLESS you own a licence as permitted under the 1960 Arms Act. Other self-defence tools, such as a ‘flick knife’, knuckleduster, axe, spear stun gun, etc, are also NOT allowed under the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.
But there really should be TWO additions to the list of impermissible items: the steering lock and baseball bat. There have been many cases of aggravated assault with these items…let us refresh your memory:
In 2014, a girl called Kiki went cray cray and used a steering lock to threaten a senior citizen after he knocked his car into hers…
In 2017, a woman threatened a council officer who had clamped the wheel of her car…
Earlier this year, a small accident at Kilometre 239 on the North-South Highway ended with one of the drivers being bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat…
This article was originally published here.